Crombie McNeill

By July 24, 2020 No Comments

Crombie McNeill may tell you he has retired, but gifted with the soul of a true artist, he is continuously seeking the perfect image. His career has transcended the boundaries of conventional photography and now with Karsh and Stieglitz looking over his shoulder, he is embracing the photo imaging techniques of the future. Not one to leave behind the uniqueness of b&w film with the quiet nostalgia of his wet darkroom, he's discovered a special blending of traditional film with advanced digital techniques to produce truly unique images with a presentation biased to minimalism.
“The art photography for me,” says McNeill “is the blending of the 'critical moment' with the timeless essence of the painters canvas."
McNeill's career began in the mid '60s as a staff news photographer but he soon turned freelance and embarked on a 30-year journey living out of a suitcase. This Odyssey lead him from the North Pole to high fashion magazine shoots to Olympic Games; it lead from the depths of the Barrier Reefs to the heights with the Snowbirds, interwoven with civil war in Africa, Royalty, presidents and paupers world-wide, not to mention frozen toes at the North Pole.
Crombie was engaged as an instructor at Loyalist, Heritage, Algonquin, Mohawk, and Sheridan Colleges, as well as a stint with the Nikon School of Photography.
The National Archives anticipates that McNeill will be credited as one of Canada's most significant photographers in recognition of his longevity and the diversity of photographic assignments. His publication credits include National Geographic, Chatelaine, Maclean's, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, even Life Magazine and many others.
McNeill is now happily retired, in that he no longer accepts editorial assignments. He lives in Aylmer, with his wife Sue. “This retirement” he admits, “allows me to continue the search for the image, and to determine the ideal technique by which it is to be captured, presented and preserved for posterity,”
McNeill often returns to the peaceful amber glow of the wet darkroom as a respite from his extensive digital lab.

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