Margaret Adams

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Assistant Professor of Photography


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