His father was Marcus J ADAMS (1875-1959), also a photographer. He first visited St Ives in 1926 to see Leonard RICHMOND, returning regularly on holidays, and moved to St Ives with his family at beginning of WWII. He photographed many of the major artists in the area. Adams was particularly friendly with Peter LANYON, Denis MITCHELL and Hyman SEGAL. He directed the lighting for the Coronation of Elizabeth II, and was in great demand as lecturer on art, photography, and lighting for the remainder of his life.