Paul Hill MBE

Residential Photography workshop

12th- 18th August 2012

paul hillWe are delighted to announce a photographic residential workshop with Paul Hill MBE at Cubertou, 12th-18th August 2012. Paul will be running this workshop with his partner Maria Falconer FRPS.  Paul’s workshop is designed to inform and challenge dedicated amateurs and professionals alike, within a supportive and dedicated environment.
The theme of this workshop as Paul has outlined to me is CHALLENGE YOURSELF!

My aim is to make each workshop I run to be a life
enhancing, and possibly, life changing experience, whatever the students'
backgrounds may be. I want the participants to make photographs that ‘say’ something, as well as describing visually what they see in this beautiful part of France. The task will be to produce a body of exciting new work by the end of the week

paul hill and maria

Places will be capped at fourteen enabling all who attend an extremely personalized experience. Please see introduction

Paul Hill needs no introduction as his reputation precedes him, however for those of you who might not have discovered Paul her are some facts of Paul’s career to date
Paul is one of the most creative and inspirational photographers of his generation and has been hugely influential in the development of the art. He founded The Photographers' Place, a centre for photographic studies in Derbyshire, was the first chairperson of the Contemporary Group with the Royal Photographic Society and was the first art photographer to be awarded an MBE for his services to photography.

Early years

Paul Hill was born in Ludlow, Shropshire in 1941. He trained as a reporter and from the late 1950s he worked on local newspapers. It was while he was a reporter that he gradually developed his skills in photography, which complemented his journalistic skills. Then in 1965 he became a freelance photographer and as a photojournalist, he worked for a number of new publishers including the Birmingham Post and Mail, Guardian, Observer, as well as the Telegraph Magazine
and Radio Times.

Lecturing career

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In 1970 Paul Hill started teaching and in 1974 he became a full time lecturer in photography at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham. Paul was interested in photography as a stand-alone art form that reflected social, environmental, psychological and political issues. In 1976 he was appointed Principal Lecturer and Head of the Creative Photography course, which was the forerunner to all current student- centred higher education courses in the medium. It was at about this time that Paul and his wife Angela established The Photographers' Place at their Peak District home, the first independent residential photography workshop in the United Kingdom that offered master classes with internationally significant photographers.



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), White Peak Dark Peak (1990) and Corridor of Uncertainty (2010). His work is in the art collections of, amongst others, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Media Museum in Bradford, the Arts Council, the Government Art Collection, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Cleveland Museum of Art in the United States of America. Paul Hill was a member of the Arts Council's first photography committee during the 1970s. He helped to establish the trend-setting Derby Festival of Photography in 1991 and was a director of East Midlands Arts for four years during the 1990s.

Awarded MBE


In 1990, in recognition of his major influence on contemporary British photography, Paul Hill was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and four years later was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to photography. From 1995 until 2010, he was a professor at De Montfort University, Leicester, where he was leader of the MA Photography course. In 2004 Birmingham City Archives, which houses one of the country's major collections of photographs, acquired the Paul Hill Photographers' Place Archive.
He was awarded and Honorary Doctorate of Art by Derby University in 2011 and by De Montfort University in 2012.
On 6th September 2008 the Guardian wrote, "Hill tackles life's big subjects, but his approach is oblique, evocative, always pointing beyond, which is why he moves us. If a camera could capture poetry, this might well be what it would look like."

Formerly a dancer, Maria has 20 years of teaching experience. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2011 and is photographer-in-residence at the National Centre for Contemporary Dance in Edinburgh.

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