Documentary Filmmaker and Assistant Professor at the College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Shoun Hill is a visual journalist/educator living between New York City and Lincoln, Nebraska. Originally from Frederick, MD., Hill began photographing professionally in 1993 for The Gleaner in Henderson, KY., after getting his Master of Arts degree from Ohio University. At the present time, Shoun is an Assistant professor at the College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln teaching photojournalism and multimedia. He has worked as a staff photographer for newspapers in Memphis, Tenn., and Orlando, Fla., as well as being a photo editor on the National Desk of the Associated Press in NYC. While a staff photographer, Shoun photographed Super Bowls, NBA basketball games, and presidential elections. He has also been a part of gallery shows in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, and New York. Shoun’s documentary film on African American farmers, “I’m Just a Layman in Search of Justice-Black Farmers Fight Against USDA”, was selected as the People’s Choice at the Denton Black Film Festival as well as an Honorable Mention. The film was also an Official entrant in the IMPACT DOCS, The Seattle Black Film Festival, Docs Without Borders, to name a few. Shoun is married to Debra Walton-Hill, a Broadway and TV actress, performer and director. I’m a documentary photographer and my goal with every image is to make a connection between the subject in the photograph and the person looking at the photograph. I shoot what is, and let the image speak for itself. People are my ideas and inspiration. When people look at my work, I want them to feel a connection. Maybe the subject reminds them of someone or a situation they were in. When they see my work, I’d like them to get a feeling of remembrance.