Greg Captain - 2002 Hall of Fame Magazine Inductee
What a long strange trip it's been for Greg Captain. His career in production began in 1978 with his work as a sheetfed press tender. From there, he worked as a press operator and then moved into the prep area after receiving an apprenticeship in color photography/scanning. In 1989, he became a journeyman color photographer and scanner operator. "I worked in several commercial prepress shops as a lead scanner operator, while at the same time teaching scanning and color separation theory at the MLA/ALA Lithographic Technical Institute in New York," he recalls. Then, after a combined 16 years of press and prepress work, Captain entered the publishing world as part of a team that brought prepress services in-house for The New Yorker magazine. A year later, he was named to head up and expand the New Yorker Imaging Center at its old location on 43rd Street in Manhattan.
Since then, Captain has overseen the consolidation of the various Condé Nast locations into their new building at 4 Times Square. "The new facility I designed brought The New Yorker Imaging Center to a 100 percent digital capability and into the world of CTP and a total PDF workflow as well as introducing The New Yorker to FM/Stochastic screening," he reports.
The New Yorker Imaging Center provides all the prepress and premedia needs of The New Yorker—both for the editorial and business sides of the operation. "Since we are a weekly, I am responsible for the production workflow of the images, in conjunction with the editorial staff, for all edit pages for each issue," says Captain. "This includes not only being the quality control liaison with the art directors and other production coordinators, but actually doing the work. [I handle] electronic page assembly, color correction, retouching, scanning etc." The same goes for working with the business side of the magazine and its needs for the same types of prepress services and beyond.