Adam was born into a bohemian household in 1950 during
the heyday of New Yorks Greenwich Village. His father, along
with Mark Rothko and other abstract impressionist painters formed
the avant guard "Group of Ten." At the age of 14, he started
experimenting with his own camera. By the age of 17 he was working
in New Yorks intense world of fashion photography.
In the early 70's he left the fashion industry to travel the world
taking various jobs to support himself. For Adam, "It was great
to be traveling then. It was a real education, because it helped
me relate to other people in almost any situation."
His first book "El Salvador" (W.W.Norton, 1990) documented
that country's civil war and can be viewed in part at Atlas
Adam went on to work for various magazines and newspapers
including the San Francisco Examiner. In addition to this he continued
to do freelance photography in Nicaragua, Honduras and Vietnam.
In 1991 he began work on "Cuba" (W.W.Norton, 1994) , a
photographic essay of the daily life of Cubans which received outstanding
reviews and was also featured in Atlas
With his latest book "Flowers: Portraits of Intimacy"
(Stuart, Tabori and Chang, 2001), Adam examines the primal and exotic
beauty of flowers.
In addition to his one person shows
in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami he has been a
part of numerous group shows in cities across the United States.
His black and white photographs of Vietnam have won Best of Show
at San Francisco's Eye Gallery. Adam was also the First Place winner
in Hanois first ever photographic competition to have included
Adam has done cover stories on El Salvador and Iraq
for The San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle Sunday Magazine. His
work has also been seen in People, Outside, Spanish Geo, Parenting,
and various other publications around the country.
His photography was the backdrop of "Blues for
El Salvador" a benefit concert with Santana, Jerry Garcia,
and Bonnie Rait.
Adam has also collaborated with Mariel Hemingway
on Microsoft Expedias on-line travel and adventure magazine