Born in Canada in 1958, Stephen McNeill grew up in the small town of Oak Ridges near Toronto. Influenced by his experiences in the graphic arts and theatre, he pursued a photographic career in the early 1980s. It was during this time he met photographer and wit, Wes Hattey, who became a mentor to the eager student.

McNeill is known for his compelling black and white images of street life and the performing arts, and for his offbeat photo compositions of small objects.

An accomplished darkroom specialist, he has devoted much of his time in recent years to alternative printmaking studies — a passion that has remained with him from the age of 16 when he borrowed a camera for a night school course and was given a lesson on the solarisation technique. Despite analogue photography’s diminishing landscape, he is one of the few modern artists today who revel in these practices. Lectures, workshops, private tutoring and writing assignments provide platforms for him to share a voice in this regard.

McNeill continues to contribute work to private collections, exhibitions, performance artists, publications, and educational and charitable institutions. He lives and works in Toronto.

Debut Book Announcement
Hot off the press is a special limited edition of McNeill's debut art book, CAPTURE: A Photographic Journey in Three Acts. What had taken 4+ years to produce comprises 40+ years of creative work. For more information, please see Debut Art Book.

Born in Canada in 1958, Stephen McNeill grew up in the small town of Oak Ridges near Toronto. Influenced by his experiences in the graphic arts and theatre, he pursued a photographic career in the early 1980s. It was during this time he met photographer and wit, Wes Hattey, who became a mentor to the eager student.

McNeill is known for his compelling black and white images of street life and the performing arts, and for his offbeat photo compositions of small objects.

An accomplished darkroom specialist, he has devoted much of his time in recent years to alternative printmaking studies — a passion that has remained with him from the age of 16 when he borrowed a camera for a night school course and was given a lesson on the solarisation technique. Despite analogue photography’s diminishing landscape, he is one of the few modern artists today who revel in these practices. Lectures, workshops, private tutoring and writing assignments provide platforms for him to share a voice in this regard.

McNeill continues to contribute work to private collections, exhibitions, performance artists, publications, and educational and charitable institutions. He lives and works in Toronto.

Debut Book Announcement
Hot off the press is a special limited edition of his debut art book, CAPTURE: A Photographic Journey in Three Acts. What has taken 4+ years to produce comprises 40+ years of creative work. For more information, please see here.