David Emitt Adams is an emerging photographer based in Tempe, Arizona. Born in Yuma, Arizona, he pursued a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and returned to Arizona for his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University.
David is gaining attention as an artist, whose current practice engages historical media and uses them in an informed contemporary dialogue about photography’s past and present. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including established institutions such as the SOHO Photo Gallery in New York City and The Studio in London, England. David was selected for the prestigious Lens Culture International Exposure Award 2011 and most recently, was awarded the Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography. Within the last year, David was awarded the Nathan Cummings Foundation $5000 travel grant that funded a trip to France and England. This opportunity enabled him to investigate the resurgence of antiquated processes at its source and their application in contemporary photography. He has given artist lectures at the San Francisco Art Institute sponsored by PhotoAlliance as well as the Carnegie Museum of Art as part of the 2012 f295 Symposium. Currently he is working on two new bodies of work as an Artist-in-Residence at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona.