Between 1978 and 1990, Hill embarked upon a visual odyssey across the Peak District that culminated in the publication of a monologue entitled 'White Peak, Dark Peak.' Long out of print, this book is today viewed as a landmark in the history of British photography.
Hill has lived in the Peak District for half of his life. The resultant intimacy or special relationship with this environment has allowed him to capture what would often escape the casual passer-by or indeed visiting artist. It is the subtle tracks and scars left by people and animals over time and the impact of the seasons that are the focus of Hill’s work, rather than pictorial views of magnificent geological formations or the romantic lights of dawn and dusk.
Paul Hill is considered to be one of the most influential British photographers in the last 30 years. During this time he has had his photographs exhibited in several galleries such as the Serpentine Gallery, the Southbank Centre, the Camden Arts Centre and the Photographers’ Gallery, whilst his work is included in numerous permanent collections around the world: The Victoria & Albert Museum; the British Council; the Arts Council of Great Britain; the National Media Museum, Bradford; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio and the Japanese Photography Foundation, Tokyo.