July 7, 1911
Photographer Thomas Harding was born in Little Rock (Pulaski County). Harding was a successful commercial photographer and an internationally recognized fine art pinhole photographer. Harding’s pinhole images were often printed utilizing the platinum and palladium processes. “I keep going back to this thing of…historical qualities, I want my photographs to last,” Harding explained. Stellar examples of platinum and palladium prints are seen in his book, One-Room Schoolhouses of Arkansas as Seen through a Pinhole, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 1993. In May 2000, the Smithsonian magazine featured Harding as one of the best pinhole photographers in the world.