Duncan Madaris Hill was born in High Point, North Carolina, and now lives and works in New York City. He received his M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014, and a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2009. In 2017, Hill was an artist-in-residence at Foundation Obras in the Alentejo region of Portugal.

Duncan has taught in the School of Communication at American University, The School of Art at George Mason University, and the Department of Fine Arts at Loyola University Maryland.

As a filmmaker, he has experience working on narrative, documentary, and commercial projects. His work has been showcased at festivals across the United States, from Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, to the Oregon Film Festival in Portland. As a cinematographer, he has worked on a variety of Red Giant projects, including Spin.

Duncan's work has appeared in: afterimage, a picture a day, Professional Photographer, Photography Monthly, Digital Photo, Carolina Quarterly, Redivider, Superstition Review, The Humanist, F8 Magazine, Saint Lucy, and more.