Staff profile

Dr Mark Hall

University of Derby, DerwentWISE Co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

Photography lecture Mark Hall at stood by a camera read to take a photo.




College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Photography

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

I have over 30 years' experience in advertising, editorial and corporate photography.

I have been a commercial/editorial and advertising photographer since graduating from Blackpool in 1986. I've worked on many high profile campaigns both in the UK and in Europe as well as for many magazines and supplements. I continue to work for clients in the Midlands and have been commissioned over a number of years to document big Game Hunting in Africa.

Research interests

I completed my PhD The Light Ages: Photography and the Hegemony of Light.

My general research interests centre around technology, light and the 'programs' of photography. I am currently working on a number of projects related to photography and the baroque, due to be published in 2019.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have spent the last 30 years as a commercial advertising and editorial photographer working in a variety of fields, from still life to cars and people, though primarily my practice centres around location and people.

My list of clients is exhaustive and covers many of the top advertising agencies and magazines in the UK, Europe and Australasia.

International experience

I have also traveled widely, working on every continent most recently in Tanzania and Mozambique. I have established international educational contacts through my work leading overseas study trips.

Additional interests and activities

I enjoy cycling, mountain biking, rugby, marathon running and motorcycling.

I now undertake private commissions and shoot across the UK and in Africa.

I was named winner of the Association of Photographers' Lecturer of the Year Award in 2009 with a series of commissioned portraits of big game hunters in Africa.

In the media

Recent publications

Journal article in Spatial Representations of British Identities, Longing for the Light: Darkness dislocation and Spaces of Exile, May 2012