Gilbert ADAMS

Gilbert ADAMS

 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.

At the National Portrait Gallery are lodged his portrait photographs of Peter LANYON and Terry FROST, amongst others.


Lecturer on photography; painter and teacher of art

works and access

Access to works: NPG; Tate; Imperial War Museum; Museum of Reading (Collection of photographic prints)



 Reading Guild of Artists




STISA 1944-49


Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p306)

NPG Complete Catalogue of Holdings (vintage bromide prints no 460 and 461)

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash (photo p190)

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1921-1939 list pp 219-21)