About Philip Adam

My involvement with photography began at age twelve when the family moved to Arrowbear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Shortly after being introduced to photography I sent a letter with prints to Ansel Adams. An invitation to participate in workshops sponsored by the Friends of Photography resulted in memorable trips north to visit with Ansel and other workshop members. In 1979 I became an apprentice to Senior Photographer Herbert Quick at the University of California at Riverside, Photographic Services Department.

At the conclusion of my tenure with Quick, I relocated to Berkeley California. My first assignment at the National Maritime Museum was to preserve a collection of cellulose nitrate negatives depicting early maritime history in the San Francisco Bay. This work led to an association with anthropologist/Farm Security Administration photographer Dr. John Collier Jr. Other professional affiliations include the Sierra Club, the San Francisco Chronicle and the California Historical Society.

In the winter of 2005 I was asked to produce the first fine prints ever made of Jack London's photographs of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. They were to be shown at the California Historical Society in San Francisco to commemorate the centennial of the disaster. The exhibition resulted in my involvement with the first book published of London's photographs. As co-author and printer of London's film, I found it fascinating to contemplate his photography in relation to his literary works. Over and over again, in the photographs he made, London not only showed his powers of perception, he revealed his compassion, respect and love for humanity.

In 2009, having completed my second tenure with the California Historical Society I set sail for an unknown destination. I now make my home in Whitstable, Kent, England. Please refer to my blog: The Photographer's Lab, for information on my photography workshops, eight-week courses and adventures in the UK.

My photographs can be found in a number of collections in California including the State Library in Sacramento, the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Davis, Special Collections, the Vacaville Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Self-portrait, Chinatown, San Francisco 1984

Photographer specializing in fine camera work and the preservation of historical photographic collections.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Page Collection
California State Library, Sacramento
Bancroft Library, Universiy of California at Berkeley
University of California at Davis, Special Collections
California Historical Society
Vacaville Museum, Solano County
California Museum of Photography, Riverside
Selected Publications
Jack London, Photographer, University of Georgia Press, 2010
Limited edition, Solano's Gold, 2003
Solano's Gold, The People and Their Orchards, Vacaville Museum, 1998
City Lights, Urban-Suburban Life in the Global Society, Oxford University Press, 1996
City Lights Review, San Francisco, 1990
SIERRA, Sierra Club, San Francisco, 1985
Hidden Marin, Marin Heritage, 1984
Solano's Gold 2002
Pacific Views1993                     
Selected Exhibitions
Solano County Government Center, Fairfield, CaliforniaPermanent Exhibition
Hobos to Street People: Artist's Response to Homelessness2009
University of California at Davis, Special Collections 2004
Vacaville Museum, Solano County 2000
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art 1987
San Diego Natural History Museum 1985
California Museum of Photography 1980
Professional Affiliations
California Historical Society, Photographer
Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco
Vacaville Museum, Solano County
San Francisco Chronicle
Sierra Club, San Francisco
National Maritime Museum, San Francisco
University of California at Riverside, Photographic Services
The Photographer's Lab, Whitstable, Kent, UK
University of California at Berkeley, Extension
World College West, Marin County
San Francisco Center for the Book
University of California at Riverside, Extension