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About Gabriel Hill Photographer

Read about Swiss Portraiture Photographer Gabriel Hill


Basel's first choice for high profile and celebrity portrait photography


Pola by Micaela Schäfer

Hello! I'm Gabriel Hill, a commercial portraiture photographer from Basel, author with the magazine c't Digitale Fotografie (Germany), Photographer with and Lecturer for film and digital Photography at the University of Basel.

I specialize in high profile and celebrity portraiture photography.

Gabriel Hill Studio is dedicated to fulfilling the needs and expectations of our clients whilst delivering the highest service in production. From estimation to the completion of any project in stills, motion, or branded content we endeavor to execute all creative ideas whilst also striving to use the smallest environmental footprint possible.

Working with almost no information about the shooting location, time schedule, subject etc. is our daily business.

My work has been published in various magazines and sites all around the globe and has been acquired by Museums

The subjects in front of my camera vary from refugees, circus artists, rugby players and everything in between but also the former President of East Timor, Olympic Athletes, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and Nominees, Times Magazine 100 most influential people,  Ambassadors like Suzi LeVine and Heidi Grau, Politicians, Star Architects Christ&Gantenbein or for example Novartis CEO's Joe Jimenez and Vas Narasimhan. I have worked with several (global) companies such as The Guardian, Finacial Times, BILANZ, Surface Magazine New York or Ruder Finn.

I absolutely love my job which got me in personal contact with amazing artist like legendary New York backdrop painter Sarah Oliphant, world renown photographer Mark Seliger or the famous Annie Leibovitz Studio. Besides working as a freelance photographer I am a contract photographer with Rex Press Agencies, one of the world's leading photographic press agencies and picture libraries.

My ImPORTRAITS project was nominated as one of the 7 best works in Swiss photography by an international jury for the SWISS PHOTO AWARD 2016 and was part of the Swiss Photo Award exhibition in Zurich in June 2016.

In August 2016 the ImPORTRAITS project went viral and was published on countless news sites and newspapers around the globe. Some of the highlights were the feature on THE HUFFINGTON POST, FRANCE COULTURE Radio show and even Hollywood superstar ASHTON KUTCHER posted the project on his personal Facebook site and asked his 17.5 million fans what their most important item would be.

I only work with the best equipment available. Hasselblad cameras are considered to be the best Cameras on the market. Since time is money I have 3 Hasselblad cameras to make sure nothing interrupts the shooting. As for my lights I exclusively use BRONCOLOR equipment, since it is the leading brand worldwide for flashlight systems and the best money can buy. If you want to read my full equipment list you can find it here.


  • SWISS PHOTO AWARD 2016 | Semi Finalist | Shortlist
  • NEUTRAL DENSITY AWARDS 2016 | Honorable Mention in Editorial Category
  • NEUTRAL DENSITY AWARDS 2016 | Honorable Mention in People Category



  • National Museum Switzerland (Schweizer Landesmuseum)



  • SWISS PHOTO AWARDS 2016 Exhibition | Photobastei 2.0 | Zurich
  • ImPortraits Solo Exhibition 2016 | Parzelle403 | Basel


    CLIENTS (excerpt):
    BILANZ | Surface Magazine New York Financial Times | Basel Peace Forum | Universität Basel | Chairman Ameropa Holding | Managing Director Congress Center Basel |Vice President Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd | Head of Global Technology Marketing Royal Dutch Shell | Head Of Bank Rothschild and Cie Switzerland | Head Of Bayer Health Care Switzerland | International Medical Director Roche | Senior Finance Director Pharmacyclics LLC | Head Of Communications Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd | Global Allience and Asset Management Director Roche | Head Of Special Projects Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics | WAT Solutions Factory AG | North Tangent GmbH | Ross Global Consulting | Sprachraum Meyer | | TEDx Basel | Martin Jascur Fashion | Cain Birkmose Consulting | Apphion Technology Consulting AG | |


    PUBLICATIONS (excerpt):

    The Guardian(cover) | Huffington Post, Petapixel, New Zealand Herald, Aplus, Metro News, Telebasel, The Candid Frame, VICE, UN Migration Agency, Professional Foto, Sputnik News, France Coulture, Revelist, Umkra, Kezako Mundi, Watson, Fat Cherry, Virality, Gazeta Wyborcza, Upshout, Ufunk, Nyugat, Friday-Magazine, Linda Niews, Fstop4,, Newlyswissed, Alienskin, Programmzeitung, Basler Zeitung, c't Digitale Fotografie, c't Digital Photography, Professional Photo, ISO1200