Stephen McNeillCanadian fine art photographer and printmaker, Stephen McNeill, grew up in a small town near Toronto. At the age of 16, he signed up for a night school course in photography and was asked to shoot a roll of film for his first assignment. He borrowed a Kodak Instamatic camera and fired off the film cartridge in his backyard. Weeks later, the students were given a lesson on the solarisation technique. He was hooked.

Following high school graduation, McNeill landed a short-term job as a darkroom assistant at a weekly newspaper. He also explored the art scene and voluntarily took on photography assignments to gain experience. In 1978, he directed and produced The Grand Illusion — a presentation that combined photography, mime and live music — resulting in the first public exhibition of his art. A year later, he moved to Toronto and began an apprenticeship in the graphics industry as an imaging specialist. It was here when he met photographer and wit, Wes Hattey, who became a mentor to the fledgling artist.

Throughout his career, McNeill's had a deep affinity for b/w imagery and experimental analogue processes. He is one of the few accomplished darkroom printers still working today. His work is found in private collections, exhibitions, publications and educational/charitable institutions.

Stephen McNeill

Canadian fine art photographer and printmaker, Stephen (Stef) McNeill, grew up in a small town near Toronto. At the age of 16, he signed up for a night school course in photography and was asked to shoot a roll of film for his first assignment. He borrowed a Kodak Instamatic camera and fired off the film cartridge in his backyard. Weeks later, the students were given a lesson on the solarisation technique. He was hooked.

Following high school graduation, McNeill landed a short-term job as a darkroom assistant at a weekly newspaper. He also explored the art scene and voluntarily took on photography assignments to gain experience. In 1978, he directed and produced, The Grand Illusion — a presentation that combined photography, mime and live music — resulting in the first public exhibition of his art. A year later, he moved to Toronto and began an apprenticeship in the graphics industry as an imaging specialist. It was here when he met photographer and wit, Wes Hattey, who became a mentor to the fledgling artist.

Throughout his career, McNeill's had a deep affinity for b/w imagery and experimental analogue processes. He is one of the few accomplished darkroom printers still working today. His work is found in private collections, exhibitions, publications and educational/charitable institutions.