Duncan Madaris Hill was born in High Point, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Washington, DC. 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.

As a filmmaker, Hill 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. He has also been the cinematographer for a variety of Red Giant projects, including Spin.

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

He currently teaches in the School of Communication at American University and The School of Art at George Mason University.