Alexander Wilson Hill was a prolific amateur photographer. He was born in Girvan and first dabbled in painting during the 1880s before turning to photography in the 1890s. His various postings as a manager for the Commercial Bank of Scotland included a period at Lochboisdale on South Uist, allowing him to exploit his love of dramatic scenery. Hill was a longstanding member of the Edinburgh Photographic Society and was the first convenor of its photographic Gallery and Museum established in 1931. He exhibited widely in amateur societies across Europe, receiving numerous awards and trophies.