Jim Bailey has worked 43 years in industrial control design and was awarded nine US patents. He was a contributing editor to MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY and still contributes to POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGING. Jim also operated a part-time repair business specializing in darkroom electronics and flash equipment.

He got started in photography and darkroom work in 1950 through the use of a friend’s father’s darkroom and Speed Graphic camera. He earned an associates degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College and later taught evening classes there.

Professionally, Jim has done catalog, calendar, technical illustration and photoinstrumentation photography. Besides photography he enjoys experimenting in various sciences. He has written about photography, electronics and other sciences and technologies for more than a dozen amateur and professional periodicals including PHOTOMETHODS and INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

His book, "How to Select and Use Electronic Flash" was published by HP Books of Tucson. He also contributed to the Book, “The Photographic Flash – A Concise Illustrated History”, published in Switzerland.