Neil David MacDonald is a fully accredited dealer and appraiser specializing in photography, rare books, and fine art. He carries a Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) 2014–2015  certificate as set by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation, Washington, DC. He has signed and adheres to the Code of Ethics of the Appraisers Association of America and conforms to the guidelines set forth by USPAP.
For the past 26 years, Mr. MacDonald has worked in the field of art and antiques, focusing on auctions and the appraisal of rare books, fine art, and photographs. In 1992, he interned at Skinner Inc., in Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts. He subsequently worked at Riba Auctions in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and Ritchie’s Auctioneers in Toronto, eventually joining Waddington’s Auctioneers, Toronto, in 1993 as an expert consultant and appraiser, a position held until 2000. During those seven years, Mr. MacDonald organized approximately four auctions per year of books, collectibles, and photographs.
Parallel to his responsibilities with Waddington’s, he established himself as a dealer and has regularly issued catalogues that describe and illustrate historical material. Having appeared in Antiques! magazine and Maine Antique Digest, he has also written articles on the history of photography in Canada, and has been in the news discussing the subject, on such media outlets as CTV, CityTV, Breakfast Television, and CFRB Radio.
Mr. MacDonald has also been an advisor, agent, and curator for the Archive of Modern Conflict, Toronto and London (UK). In this role, he worked both nationally and internationally, advancing the collection, which contains more than eight million objects. He was integral to the AMC’s 2012 acquisition of the Isenburg Collection, the highest value sale of nineteenth-century photography in history.
As a private curator, Mr. MacDonald has put together a number of shows, including First Photographs at the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, 2012; Arctic Exposure: Photographs of Canada’s North at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, 2014; The Photographs of Frank (Franz) Johnston also at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, 2015; and Studio 54: Disco Tribes at Tenderbooks in London UK, 2019.
He remains a member of many professional and collector’s organizations, including the Ephemera Society of America, the Daguerreian Society, and the Photographic Historical Society of Canada, and was an elected member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.