Photographers

SIGNED PRINTS:  Silver gelatin print orders will be considered as special orders.  Because of environmental and health considerations, SGP prints will not be silver toned. One size only: 23 cms x 23 cms, $1200 per print.

ARCHIVAL DIGITAL PRINTS: will be quoted individually, depending on size, paper stock, matting, framing, etc. You can contact Peter Adams directly, via the contact page on this web site. All digital prints will ve silver toned.

SOME BACKGROUND: I recall a gaggle of photographers camped around a table at Mario’s Restaurant in Stanley Street, Sydney some 35 years ago. We had demolished a fine Italian meal and were in the process of re-writing the dessert menu, munching on after-dinner mints and sampling the port. We began playing our own version of ‘Photographic Trivial Pursuit’ - recalling famous images and those who had made them. Photographs like General Ulysses Grant at Gettysburg, the Hindenburg Disaster, The Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima, the Vietnamese soldier about to be shot in the head, and so forth. Even though we were all ‘serious students of photography’, few could recall who had made the pictures, what the photographers looked like, or whether they were still alive.

During the past one hundred years there have been few historical moments that have not been recorded by photographers and film-makers. It is strange however, that very few of the people who recorded those momentous moments have themselves been photographed and interviewed. It seemed important to me to record the experiences and personalities of those who were there - before their memories faded with them. In a way, I’m glad I started back in 1983, because since then nearly 40% of the photographers I interviewed have shuffled off to that great darkroom in the sky.

Pundits claim that a ‘picture can tell a thousand words’.

I don’t believe this is entirely true - unless the subject is already well known. It is perhaps more accurate to say that a single photograph can sometimes tell part of a story - but the story will change depending on who is looking at it, the period in which the photograph was made, and where the observer comes from.

A picture of a scantily dressed woman on a motorbike, for example, will tell a different story if it is viewed in Malaysia or New York. It will be judged differently again depending on whether the viewer is a man or a woman. Perhaps if we believe that a picture can tell a thousand words, then perhaps a picture combined with a few words tells the story more accurately.