During the days immediately leading up to Thanksgiving this past year (2016), I was glued to my phone watching protesters, also called "water protectors," at Standing Rock being assaulted with tear gas, shot with rubber bullets, and sprayed with water canons the weekend before Thanksgiving. As an Inupiaq of Alaska, it felt like I was watching a family member being beaten--many family members. With the amazing help and support of my wife, we were able to get me down to the reservation by Thanksgiving Day. I spent four days at the Oceti Sakowin Camp and returned again for the Veterans march a couple weeks later. I plan to return to the camp in the near future. If you would like to see more visit my website baphotos.com. Look for the tab “Standing Rock - The Black Snake”.
Hello! And Happy New Year! I can't believe it's already 2017. 2016 was a wild year. It was a really good year for photography for me, but I am looking forward to what 2017 has in store for us and the U.S.
Above are a few photos from my last rolls of film from 2016. Cheers.
Over the last few weeks, I have made a couple trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota to document and support the efforts of the protesters. I am currently working on an edit of the work, so stay tuned and sorry for the delay in updates!
The picture above was taken on December 5th, 2016. Native Americans and up to 700 veterans marched together in protest if the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I am pleased to announce my first online print sale! Many of the works are from my traveling I AM ALASKAN exhibit. The sizes range from 30x30 prints in 35x35 frames and 14x14 prints in 20x20 frames. You can view the images, prices and sizes in the gallery listed below. For more information and interests email me at email@example.com
I am very honored to be apart of and have the cover image of Up Here a book by Julie Decker and Kirsten J. Anderson, published by University of Washington Press with the Anchorage Museum. The book is filled with great works by many Alaskan writers and artists. For more information on the publication go here!
I am very pleased to have one of my images for I AM INUIT featured on this months issue of Alaska Magazine! The photo is of Marie Rexford in Kaktovik, Alaska. She was seperating and freezing the muktuk for the villages Thanksgiving day feast. Go pick up a copy and read more! And see the rest of the spread in the magazine! Cheers!
Last month, Smithsonian Journeys released its fall 2016 issue. I am very honored to be included in this issue that is completely dedicated to Alaska. I am also honored to be sharing the pages with great photographers that are so dedicated to telling Alaskas stories. Ash Adams, Katie Orlinsky, Wayde Carroll, and Nathaniel Wilder to name a few. It's on news stands until October! Go check it out!
A few days ago, Ash, Elliott, Ellis and I returned from a trip to France for Visa pour l'Image 2016. We started the trip off in Paris and then drove down to Perpignan in Southern France. Everything was beautiful, everything was tasty and Ellis and Elliott loved it. Visa pour l'Image was inspiring and it was amazing to see so many people come together for photography and story. I simply can't wait to go back.
Brian Adams is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska specializing in environmental portraiture and medium-format photography. His work has been featured in both national and international publications, and his work documenting Native Alaskan villages has been showcased in galleries across the United States. His first book of photography, I AM ALASKAN, was published in October 2013 by University Of Alaska Press.