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Cornelia van der Linde at her desk at the old MV Labs location
Megargee /Van der Linde Inc., known as MV Photo Labs NYC, provides the highest quality of hand processing, fine printing, consultation and retouching services. We offer digital scanning, retouching, printing and high resolution dvd discs of your images. Our clients include many of the top photography professionals in the field as well as amateurs and hobbyists looking to advance their technique. Our specialization includes books, exhibition and portfolio printing, magazine reproduction and personal work. Orders by mail are accepted.
MV Photo Labs provides consultation services for photographers looking for a specific technique or look to their final images or project. In special cases, we allow on-site print supervision to tailor to the photographer’s specifications, although there is an additional charge for this “supervised printing”.
Private and group “Fine Processing & Printing” classes are available for individuals or groups by master printer Jim Megargee. He has three decades of teaching experience, having taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and workshops in Tuscany and The Maine Photographic Workshops, among other places. If you are interested in attending a class, please inquire via email.
MV Labs on the Web
HIPPOLYTE BAYARD: CHI HA INVENTATO LA PHOTOGRAPHIA
– Interview with Jim Megargee re. Digital vs Traditional Photography and Printing: by Italian photographer, teacher and writer Fabio Severo
American Photo Exhibition Review, Jan 2008;
State of the Art: Ted Kawalerski: Shooting The Hudson
Framing the Past in the Light of the Present: Ted Kawalerski, January 6, 2008
The New York Times: Arts and Entertainment, January 2008
Agfa Trends Magazine, July 1997
“Jim Megargee and Cornelia van der Linde run one of the finest black-and-white photo labs in the world. Their New York City company MV Photo Labs Inc. works for such famous photographers as; Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Parks, Matthew Barney, Peter Beard, James Natchwey, Antonin Kratochvil, Mark Seliger, Nigel Parry and many other talented photographers and friends.” “The secret behind their success lies not only in technical perfectionism and photographic inspiration but also in the close relationship which they build between themselves and their customers.”
James Nachtwey, Photo District News, August 2001
“I think printers have to have talent and knowledge but, equally important, they must have the will to go all the way and make the best print possible. After all these years Jim Megargee still has that willingness. So, in a way, I thought the prints he produced for my show were the work of both of us.”
Steven Sebring, Photo District News, August 2001
“The prints Jim makes from my negatives are just exquisite”.
Antonin Kratochvil, Photo District News, August 2001
“They have been able to show me ways to tone down my negatives and have given me lots of pointers about how I should be rating my film to get what I want from the print.”
Cathrine Wessel, Photo District News, August 2001
“You can sit down with Jim and work out how to achieve what needs to be done. He is not only an excellent printer but also someone that has a lot of passion for what he does.”