Douglas Hill was born to Canadian parents in London, England in 1950. At the age of five, he moved to New York where he lived until coming to Los Angeles in 1968. He attained U.S. citizenship in 1990.
Hill began making photographs in 1969. From 1971 to 1973, he attended UCLA and Cal Arts where he studied with the celebrated photographic artists Robert Heinecken, Darryl Curran, Jerry McMillan, Leland Rice and Ben Lifson.
His work has been shown at G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica; The International Center of Photography, New York; Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich; Friends of Photography, Carmel; Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich; Prairie State College, Chicago; The Photography Place, Philadelphia; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica; and the Huntington Library, San Marino. Publication credits include This Side of Paradise: Body & Landscape in Los Angeles Photography, Looking at Los Angeles, American Photo, Camera, 24 Hours in the Life of Los Angeles and The New Color.
Hill is included in the collections of the Huntington, the Library of Congress, Center for Creative Photography, Center for Motion Picture Studies and Amon Carter Museum. He also participated in the Los Angeles Documentary Project, a photographic retrospective funded by the National Endowment for the Arts that commemorated the city’s bicentennial.
Hill’s commercial architectural photography has been widely published in House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Architecture, Architectural Record, Domus, World Architecture, Interior Design and Interiors. His images have also appeared in numerous books on architecture and interior design. He has been teaching photography at UCLA Extension since 1994.
He lives with Elayne Sawaya, his wife of 38 years, and their two poodles, Marcello and Godfrey, in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.
When I was 13, I was a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. I thought, “How can I combine my interest in architecture with photography?” Seemed Simple.
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