Margaret Adams

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Assistant Professor of Photography,
Studio Arts Program
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Margaret Adams is an artist and independent curator whose work crosses between analog photography and new media. Along with teaching at the Corcoran, she also works as a freelance photographer.


Current Research and Projects

Adams has studied at The Maine Media Workshops and under alternative-process masters Jerry Spagnoli, Mark and France Osterman, and Christopher James. Adams uses a view camera, toned silver gelatin prints, and appropriation video and sound to explore portraiture, southern vernacular, family, and the legacy of war. She is engaged in a three-year documentary film and book project entitled Full Cry. The project documents the demise of rural North Carolina due to suburban encroachment. A second installation project involves large-scale sculpture comprised of ambrotypes housed in a steel structure. This piece incorporates sound and video and addresses the death of her mother and the experience of hospice.



  • 2008, Best Fine Art Photographer, FotoWeek D.C.
  • 2011, Curated Examinations in Light, a large-scale new media projection event for PROject/proJECT, Roanoke, VA



BFA in Photography, Corcoran College of Art + Design
MFA in Photography, Temple University