Presentation: Photo journalistic styled portraits all shot on 35mm b&w film. I shoot handheld with available light with a Nikon F5 and Tamron lenses, all on Ilford Delta films carefully processed in ID-11. These are straightforward gutsy images of real people in their environment. All shot for publication.
About Crombie McNeill
Crombie McNeill may tell you he has retired, but with the soul of a photojournalist, he is continuously seeking ‘the moment’, be it shooting or the amber glow of his wet darkroom. He enjoys the blending of analogue with digital techniques to produce unique images often biased to minimalism and often impressionistic.
“The art photography for me,” says Crombie “is the ‘critical moment’ blended in a way the image imparts a timeless impression.”
McNeill’s career began in the mid 60’s as a staff news photographer but he soon turned freelance and embarked on a 35-year journey around the world living out of a suitcase. This Odyssey lead him from combat to high fashion magazine shoots to Olympic Games; it led from the depths of the Barrier Reefs to the heights with the Snow Birds, interwoven with Royalty, presidents and paupers worldwide, not to mention frozen toes at the North Pole.
The National Archives anticipates he will be recognized as one of Canada’s most significant photographers in recognition of his longevity and the diversity of his assignments. His publication credits include National Geographic, Chatelaine, McLean’s, Time, Stern, Newsweek, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Paris Match, ELLE, Life Magazine, and many others including non nudes for Playboy.
Crombie is now happily retired, in that he no longer accepts assignments. He lives in Aylmer with his wife Sue. “Retirement allows me to continue this wonderful odyssey without the dreaded deadlines.”
Image Credits: Crombie McNeill