Staff profile

Dr Mark Hall

Joint Honours Subject Lead for Photography and Senior Lecturer in Photography

Mark wearing black rimmed glasses, sitting in front of a book case




College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am an award-winning photographer, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography, writer, artist and lecturer with over thirty years’ experience as an advertising and editorial photographer. I have been exhibited internationally and has contributed to many conferences and journals. I am a widely respected external examiner and pedagogic lead in the arts. My PhD was entitled 'The Light Ages: Photography and the Hegemony of Light'. This reflects my research interest in light and in structures of control and in the operational programs surrounding photographic practice. Recently I have been leading the REF case study research on a £2.5 Heritage Lottery project based in the Lower Derwent Valley around the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As part of an interest in developing dialogue with business I founded the Commercial Cultures Research Group. As part of this ongoing dialogue with the photographic industry, I have become a Heritage Trustee of WW Winters, the oldest commercial photographic business in the world, and is developing closer alliances between the University and professionals across the imaging sector.

I have recently been accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts which is  "a global community of proactive problem solvers, sharing powerful ideas, carrying out cutting-edge research and building networks and opportunities for people to collaborate, influence and demonstrate practical solutions to realise change."

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently subject Lead for Joint Honours Photography and have rewritten the entire provision in this area. I am also responsible for employability and Graduate Outcomes across the School of Art. I use different pedagogic models such as Dialogic learning, network learning and project-based learning in his interdisciplinary teaching to enable students to achieve a fully integrated program of study.

I am also an experienced External Examiner and educational consultant with wide experience in writing and validating courses.

Professional interests

I have over 30 years of 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 many 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