Anne McNeill has been the Director of Impressions Gallery since 2000. Established in 1972 as one of the first specialist galleries in Europe Impressions has grown to become one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit venues for contemporary photography. Between 2005 and 2007 she was responsible for building its brand new space in Bradford, the first public-funded purpose built gallery for photography in England. McNeill began her career in 1984 at the radical gallery Camerawork, London and in 1995 she set up the commissioning agency Photoworks and was the founding Director and Curator. She was Artistic Director of Photo 98, the UK Year of Photography. She is co-founder and Chair of Ways of Looking, (2011) the UK’s newest photography festival.
Between 1997 and 2003 she was a member of the photography panel for Arts Council England and has advised academic institutions including University of the Arts London.
McNeill regularly writes text for books and is the editor of numerous books – such as Continental Drift Europe Approaching the Millennium (1998) and the work of Trish Morrissey Seven Years (2004) and Front (2009). She is an experienced curator of exhibitions such as Facing the Front, unseen wartime fashion photographs by Lee Miller (1998). In 2008 she curated a major retrospective of Anna Fox’s work, which was short listed for the prestigious Deutsche Börse, European Photography Prize, and most recently curated The Prospect of Immortality by Murray Ballard, selected by the British Journal of Photography as UK winner of the best emerging photographers from around the globe.