Visual Arts Department
William "Bill" Adams was born in Walnut Creek, California, in 1964, and
grew up in Santa Cruz. He received a BA in Politics from Princeton
University, and an MA and MFA in Photography from the University of New
Mexico. His work has been reproduced in Exploring Color Photography (Editions 2-5) as well as Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age. He was recently featured in the journals Exposure and Copper Nickel.
the University of Colorado Denver Adams teaches: Introduction to
Photography; Color and Studio Lighting Dynamics; Photography: Theory and
Criticism; History of Photography; Advanced Photography; as well as
Photography, Optics, and Perspective in Italy, a study-abroad course in
Adams makes large, humorous color photographs of
elaborately staged scenes in which he plays numerous different
characters apparently interacting with each other. Most of the “people”
are actually photographs mounted on cardboard, and in some images there
is one real person surrounded by life-sized photographs. The final
images are photographed with a 4x5” or 8x10” view camera, enlarged
optically, and developed in a chromogenic processor.
apparent interaction of the figures makes the viewer alternate between
viewing the image as a straight photograph, and considering the
process--the planning, staging, posing, shooting, printing, cutting,
taping, etc. There are thus two narratives: the ostensible story told
in the picture, and the story of the making of the picture.