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History of Adams Picture Library

The Adams’ Picture Library was founded in the 1960’s when photographer, John Adams decided to set up a photo library which grew as he networked with other like-minded photographers, with him moving the business into New Cavendish Street, W1 at the height of its popularity.  John was a amiable and entertaining photographer who sadly died in his fifties. 

Collection Biography 

Adams Picture Library is a unique photo library containing thousands of weird and wonderful images covering a broad selection of subjects. A great proportion of which include retro and kitsch fashion images dating back to the 70’s as well as new contemporary work. The fashion images are particularly engaging as they really represent the retail and cultural trends through the decades. The Adams Picture Library encompasses many categories including travel, people, food, architecture, festivals, sports ….  a real cross section with images representing all all aspects of life! The analogue archive consists of over 300,000 images, comprising of 35mm and medium format negative and positive film with over 500 photographers submitting imagery to the collection.