Biography of Mac Adams (1943-VVVV)

British photographer born in Wales in 1943. Despite starting his studies of art in their homeland - the Cardiff College of art between 1961 and 1966, he/she moved to New York when he/she was still very young, and ended his career at Rutgers University in 1969. From that time he/she began a brilliant career in his work that led him to the realization of many international exhibitions, such as the "Documenta VI of Kassel" (1977) and the "Groningen" (1979).

This formation, halfway between the British refinement and American cosmopolitanism, played a key role in the photographic art developed by the artist. Throughout his career hinted a touch of what could be called "English pleasure" in his work, if it is true that much more charged and appreciable in the work developed in the Decade of the 1960s, newly installed in New York. However, this English tradition was renewed in the next decade to adopt some American form of representation: the mysterious environments are multiplying, the use of encrypted and enigmatic objects approaching you certain elements of the detective novel British, although under the prism of a marked objectivity, basic characteristic of American photography of the moment.

Besides this aspect, can be seen in his work what might be termed "narrative art", due to the arrangement of the elements in the interior of the framing, mapping perspectives offered the viewer several readings in the space and, of course, at the time, with a common denominator: the mystery. This conceptual "narrative art" obey not only their photographic images - also in colour - but also his sculptures, in which the combination of the elements, objects such as an open locker, a rope, a revolver is, recharged for, symbolic and with a certain air of mystery.

It is also common in your images which figures appear in movement and, thanks to the elegant play of lights, shadows and contrasts, for the viewer adopt an equivocal and again mysterious air. But to observe closely the work of Adams is checked this is interested much less by the mystery of objects than the reading mode of information induced by those objects: hence the paradox of his images, that has led him to occupy an important place in the history of photography.