Nov 5, 2009
PAUL HILL – photographer, journalist, author and teacher
Born in 1941 in Ludlow, Shropshire, Paul Hill worked as a newspaper reporter from the late 1950s until he became a freelance photographer in 1965. As a photojournalist he worked for the Birmingham Post & Mail, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph Magazine, and the BBC, amongst others.
He became a full-time lecturer in photography at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in 1974 where he was later appointed head of the Creative Photography course, the forerunner to all current student-centred higher education courses in the medium. Another notable achievement around this time was the establishment, with his late wife, Angela, of The Photographers’ Place – the UK’s first residential photography workshop – at their Peak District home.
He has exhibited regularly since 1970 throughout the British Isles, Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia and is co- author (with Thomas J. Cooper) of Dialogue with Photography (1979/2005), Approaching Photography (1982/2004), and White Peak Dark Peak (1990). His work is in the art collections of, amongst others, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford; Arts Council England; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Cleveland Museum of Art in the USA.
A former member of the Arts Council’s first photography committee in the 1970s, he helped set up the trend-setting Derby Festival of Photography in 1991 and was a director of East Midlands Arts for four years during the nineties.
A player in the many of the initiatives to raise the status and profile of contemporary photography and photographic education, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990, and four years later was awarded an MBE by The Queen for services to photography. Since 1995 he has been a professor at De Montfort University, Leicester, where he set up the successful MA in Photography course. The Paul and Angela Hill Archive was acquired in 2004 by Birmingham City Archives which houses one of the country’s major collections of photographs.
“(He) has played a central role in the development of British photography since the 1970s. His commitment to the cause of photography, which he has championed relentlessly for over 30 years, distinguishes him from many contemporaries.”
– Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford University Press) 2005.
Everybody bake cakes for the meeting! Yay!