Photojournalist John Hills – Bio

John Hills was born in Jamaica, educated in England and calls Hawaii and India his home. He started working as a professional photographer in 1974 when Olympus lent him two cameras with an assortment of lenses.

From his California studio, shooting for ad agencies with Nikons and Hasselblads was bread and butter business but his true passion was multi-media; what he called "painting with light". In one assignment for Star Wars producers George Lucas and Gary Kurtz, John Hills created a series of visual laser and photography shows, The Sounds of Space, staged with a live orchestra conducted by the Academy Award winning composer John Williams.

Long before Photoshop John Hills was fascinated by the concept of "Image 1 + Image 2 = Image 3". These were double exposures and slide sandwiches, a technique he shared with Ernst Haas who became a friend and inspiration. Haas and Hills collaborated on dissolve unit technology, blending images from projectors as a new form of visual alchemy.

John Hills also studied glamour photography with renowned fashion photographer Peter Gowland, inventor of the twin-lens 4x5 Gowlandflex.

Believing photojournalism was more about perception than lens or camera, John Hills taught documentary style photography classes called "The Joy of Seeing."

For 30 years in Hawaii, John Hills was editor-in-chief of three magazines, winning numerous awards for journalism and photography. Having worked for Indira Gandhi in the early seventies, India beckoned again and became his favorite photographic canvas.

With his daughter Maui Photographer Angelina Hills following in her father's footsteps as one of Hawaii's top photographers John now travels continuously, specializing in photojournalism, stock photos and limited edition fine art photography.


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