St. Mary’s County Arts Council Featured Gallery Show

Robert H. McNeill

(1917-2005)


This show will be up for all of July 2019 during our gallery hours.

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Stop by to experience photography of Jazz Greats from the 1930’s to the 1960’s!

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Robert H. McNeill (1917-2005), a renowned freelance and later a U.S. State Department photographer, captured striking images ranging from everyday life to celebrated special events. All photographs will be on display for the month of July and will feature images of pre and post WWII legendary jazz musicians.

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Robert McNeill's interest in the visual arts was sparked during high school; at the age of eighteen his first photo, of Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, was published in five Washington, D.C. newspapers. McNeill studied at the New York Institute of Photography, worked as a photographic consultant to the WPA Federal Writers Project, and traveled extensively throughout the nearby areas.  His images often captured the rich heritage of many African-American neighborhoods, venues, and institutions of his era.

After serving three years in the U.S. Army, Mr. McNeill returned to Washington and created “McNeill News Photo Service”. Commissioned by the United Negro College Fund, he compiled over a thousand black-and-white images chronicling postwar education programs for veterans in addition to the wide variety of other photographs he took in early post-war period