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 where he still resides. He attained U.S. citizenship in 1990.
Hill began making photographs in 1969. From 1971 to 1973 he attended UCLA where he studied with Robert Heinecken, Darryl Curran, Jerry McMillan and Leland Rice. In 1973 he went to Cal Arts where Ben Lifson was teaching.
Hill’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at such places as: G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica; The International Center for Photography, New York; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Friends of Photography, Carmel; Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich; Prairie State College, Chicago; The Photography Place, Philadelphia, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica; The Huntington, San Marino and publications: American Photo; Camera; “24 Hours in the Life of Los Angeles;” “The New Color.”
He is included in the collections of the Huntington, the Library of Congress, Joseph E Seagram & Son, Center for Creative Photography, Center for Motion Picture Studies, Amon Carter Museum and participated in a project commemorating the bicentennial of Los Angeles, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hill’s commercial architectural photography has been widely published in House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Architecture, Architectural Record, Domus, World Architecture, Interior Design, Interiors. His work has 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 40 years and their poodle, Godfrey, in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles.