Dr Nick Hall

Personal profile

I am a research officer in the Department of Media Arts. I work on the ADAPT project which examines the historical development of British television broadcast production technology. 

My research specialisms include early postwar American television history and cinematography and British postwar television history. My PhD thesis, "The development and use of the zoom lens in American film and television: 1946-1974", focuses on the development of the zoom lens from the postwar period to the rise of the 'New Hollywood'.

My research has been published in Television Aesthetics and Style (eds. Jason Jacobs and Steven Peacock, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) and in A Companion to Robert Altman (ed. Adrian Danks, Wiley Blackwell, 2015). An article on Frank Back and the Zoomar lens is forthcoming in Technology and Culture (2016).

I am currently preparing further publications based on this research, including a monograph on the history of the zoom lens. I also maintain a website at www.zoomlenshistory.org.uk.

As part of the ADAPT project, I am currently co-organising Hands On History, a conference on new methodologies for media history research. This conference takes place in London from 8-10 February 2016. For details, see: http://handson2016.wordpress.com.

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