Tim Hall studied at Manchester University and after graduating worked as a jazz and rock photographer documenting musicians such as Miles Davis and Prince. During the 1990’s he lived and worked in South East Asia where he travelled extensively, documenting the local inhabitants.
Hall has made a fluid shift in transferring his photographic interest from portraiture to focusing on the natural environment. His previous work took a more intimate view on human interaction with the landscape, including projects such as Hong Kong People (1997) and Hanoi People (1998). His work has changed in its desire to simplify this emotion and has taken on a more painterly quality. Strongly influenced by Rothko, Hall’s images of the landscape present to the viewer vast, stretched horizons, filled with colour and atmosphere.
In 2008 Hall photographed the Alps in a commissioned series for the Hotel Aurelio in Lech, Austria, the project renewing a previous interest for Hall, who has spent much time during his life skiing and walking across mountains. Other commissioned works include scenes of the Dolomites and the Thames produced for the private residence of the Italian film producer Alberto Grimaldi.
In 2009 Hall’s image Mountain Hut was auctioned for £1200 for the charity PhotoVoice, an award winning international charity whose projects empower some of the most disadvantaged groups in the world with photographic skills so that they can transform their lives. Another particularly successful image, Varanasi Rooftops from the Pilgrimage series, was selected from 10,000 entries for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2009), and chosen to be included in the BRIC auction – a major auction involving the emerging contemporary art practices within Brazil, Russia, India and China – at the Saatchi Gallery in London in April 2010.