Born in Qatar in 1979 to an American and a New Zealander, Macindoe’s early childhood was spent in a multicultural community, playing on sand dunes in the desert.
She moved with her family to England in 1986 and began school in London. She went on to study Art at A-level where she simultaneously discovered her two passions in life – Free Parties and photography.
Heavily influenced by her father, a world traveller and architect, and her mother, a university lecturer and author, she developed a love for international travel and visited many faraway places – documenting the many diverse cultures she encountered. However, her attention was always drawn back to the free party community, and and, since 1997, she has participated in and documented the underground scene.
In 2005 she completed a BA course in Photographic Arts at Westminster University where her final exhibit was based on a photographic journey through Iran, including Tehran’s own underground scene. She then began her career as a full time social documentary photographer, culminating in the publication of her photographic study, Out Of Order. This ground-breaking book (2011, Tangent Books) documents ten years of the underground rave, free party and teknival scene in the U.K. and Europe from Macindoe’s own unique perspective. The 2nd edition (Front Left Books) was released in 2015 after a successful crowd funding campaign.
Out of Order has been favourably reviewed in a 5-page spread in the Architects’ Journal and Macindoe’s work has been published in an ITV documentary, the Guardian online, Wonderland, Mixmag, Vice, the Italian Focus, the Spanish El Pais and Playground Magazine, Hunger TV, i-D and Hotshoe International. Dazed published two of her photojournalism articles about raves in Jordan and Lebanon The front cover image on the Out of Order book has a permanent place in the largest private collection of British youth culture photography - The Hartnett Contemporary Collection, and her work is part of a currently-touring exhibition . Macindoe has exhibited in venues such as The Millennium Dome, Foyles Gallery, Camden Roundhouse, The Foundry, The Arnolfini, The Arts House, The Village Underground, the M.S. Stubnitz, The Printspace Gallery, The Southbank Centre and many underground events. She recently was a runner up in two international travel photo contests and her travel photography was featured in an 8-page spread in China’s Lens Magazine.
Other works include a short film about OCD entitled ‘Reverence & Ritual’ and a photographic installation about her travels on the Trans-Siberian railway. She was also was part of a team of young people,that produced a short magic realist film, ‘Dis Burnin’ Now,’ funded by The Arts Council. Macindoe is a founding member of Random Artists - a collective formed by like-minded creative people from the underground rave scene, which has staged many open-access Temporary Autonomous Art events in squatted venues across the UK.