Chris Hall was born in the Gorbals district of Glasgow in 1953 and was brought up in East Kilbride. He studied Politics at the University of Edinburgh from 1971-6 and worked in public administration for six years before becoming a freelance advertising and commercial photographer. For more than twenty years he worked for design and advertising agencies on behalf of major companies and public institutions in Britain and abroad. Around 2003 he retired from commercial work to renew his personal relationship with photography. He taught photography at Napier University and Stevenson College, Edinburgh.