I shot Super Bowl XXIV in New Orleans in 1990 – by Brad Mangin

Brad Mangin

Photographer Brad Mangin during Super Bowl XXIV between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 28, 1990. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

San Francisco Bay Area sports photographer Brad Mangin shares photos of the first Super Bowl he ever shot.

We are in week two of the hype surrounding Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. Being in the Bay Area I am seeing endless coverage of the 49ers first trip back to the Super Bowl since beating the Chargers in Miami in 1995. All of this reminiscing has me thinking about the first Super Bowl I ever shot back in 1990. Super Bowl XXIV involved the 49ers and Denver Broncos and it was also in New Orleans. It was an assignment I will never forget.

I was a 25-year-old staff photographer at the San Ramon Valley Times in Danville, California working for my good friend and the best chief photographer I ever had Bob Larson. I was just a year removed from my college years at San Jose State University and I was enjoying the privilege of having a newspaper staff job in the Bay Area. I worked nights and weekend covering tons of high school and Little League sports. I shot a bunch of Tri-X and struggled to ID each kid in every black and white 8 x 10 print I turned into the paper.

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Super Bowl XXIV

Quarterback Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers in action during Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 28, 1990. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Super Bowl XXIV

Matt Millen of the San Francisco 49ers in action celebrating during Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 28, 1990. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Super Bowl XXIV

Photographers Brad Mangin and Jon McNally pose on the field after Super Bowl XXIV between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 28, 1990.

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