Robert Adams was born in New Jersey and received his education in English in Southern California, where he completed his doctorate at the University of Southern California. He works often in photogravure and gelatin-silver prints.
His work has been recognized in the receipt of two National Endowment for the Arts Photographer’s Fellowships, two John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, and the Peer Award of The Friends of Photography. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Hasselblad Award for his achievements in photography. His work has been exhibited at many institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Haus der Kunst, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.