After studying photography at Berkshire College of Art & Design, David Hill went on to deal in rare and collectable cameras before moving into a career in the music industry, co-founding the Nuphonic record label, which he ran for the next ten years.
In 2003 he became aware of the work of Bill Bernstein, the New York-based photographer who documented the city’s burgeoning disco scene of the late 70s. David contacted Bill and together they began going through over four hundred rolls of film, which culminated in Disco – The Bill Bernstein Photographs, published by Reel Art Press in November 2015.
It was through the Disco project that David met Serena Morton, and in September 2015 they opened Morton Hill together, a dedicated photography gallery, next door to Serena’s fine art gallery on West London’s Ladbroke Grove.
In 2017 this became David Hill Gallery, which shows established and lesser-known photographers, with an emphasis on previously unshown work. Exhibitions include the first solo show outside of West Africa of Sanlé Sory’s vibrant portraiture. Mario Carnicelli’s sharply observed mid-1960s American street photography also debuted at the gallery, along with Hunter Barnes’ extraordinary work documenting the over-looked margins of American society. Previous shows include Burt Glinn’s coverage of the Cuban Revolution, Bill Bernstein’s Disco work, and George Rodger’s recently unearthed 1940s colour photographs of Southern Sudan’s tribes.