Stephen McNeillCanadian fine art photographer and printmaker, Stephen McNeill, grew up in the small town of Oak Ridges near Toronto. At 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 stage presentation for a local community theatre that combined photography, mime, and live music, which was the first public exhibition of his art. A year later, he moved to Toronto to apprentice in the graphic arts as an imaging specialist. It was during this time he met photographer and wit, Wes Hattey, who became a mentor to the fledgling artist. Through these experiences, McNeill developed the skills necessary to pursue a photographic career of his own.

An accomplished darkroom printmaker, McNeill has a passion for black and white imagery and alternative photographic processes. Lectures, workshops, private tutoring and writing assignments provide platforms for him to share a voice in this regard.

One of his areas of interest is working with cameraless art; more specifically, the photogram. The exploration of the photogram accelerated in the 1830s, followed by its radical rediscovery almost a century later by the avant-garde movements of the time. Taking a page from this latter period, McNeill has re-scripted the photogram with his own branding style, calling his creations stephographs. Despite analogue’s diminishing landscape, he is one of the few artists today who revels in these practices.

McNeill continues to contribute work to private collections, galleries, performance artists, publications, and educational and charitable institutions. He is currently working on an ambitious book project, scheduled for publication in 2022.

Stephen McNeill

Canadian fine art photographer and printmaker, Stephen McNeill, grew up in the small town of Oak Ridges near Toronto. At 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 stage presentation for a local community theatre that combined photography, mime, and live music, which was the first public exhibition of his art. A year later, he moved to Toronto to apprentice in the graphic arts as an imaging specialist. It was during this time he met photographer and wit, Wes Hattey, who became a mentor to the fledgling artist. Through these experiences, McNeill developed the skills necessary to pursue a photographic career of his own.

An accomplished darkroom printmaker, McNeill has a passion for black and white imagery and alternative photographic processes. Lectures, workshops, private tutoring and writing assignments provide platforms for him to share a voice in this regard.

One of his areas of interest is working with cameraless art; more specifically, the photogram. The exploration of the photogram accelerated in the 1830s, followed by its radical rediscovery almost a century later by the avant-garde movements of the time. Taking a page from this latter period, McNeill has re-scripted the photogram with his own branding style, calling his creations stephographs. Despite analogue’s diminishing landscape, he is one of the few artists today who revels in these practices.

McNeill continues to contribute work to private collections, galleries, performance artists, publications, and educational and charitable institutions. He is currently working on an ambitious book project, scheduled for publication in 2022.