Kevin Shea Adams (b. 1979) is a photographer, journalist, composer and filmmaker. Growing up in the Bay Area he spent most of his high school years between the darkroom and the band room, later finding work in everything from graphic design, retouching and audio engineering. He attended UC Berkeley studying Philosophy alongside computer science and musical systems at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies which ultimately led him to pursue his MFA at Mills College, Oakland. While at Mills he found himself back in the darkroom working with large format photography under Catherine Wagner while developing real-time software for music and video performance. After teaching in 2009 as an adjunct at the University of the Pacific, Kevin took an opportunity to relocate to New York City to pursue photography and film full time. In New York he created a series of short documentaries focusing on the work of several well-known industrial designers for Design Within Reach and began contributing his writing and editorial photography to various magazines and publications eventually leading to the formation of his own unique studio and business based in the Pencil Factory, Brooklyn. The stories and interviews that often accompany his photos have appeared in VICE, Playboy, PAPER, and Noisey where he was a regular contributor on music, arts and culture. Kevin’s longtime love of music and design has focused his work as a visual storyteller, journalist and documentary filmmaker for many brands as well as his personal work. In 2017 Kevin left New York and relocated to Los Angeles where he now lives and works.
Select clients and publications:
Design Within Reach
The New York Times
New York Magazine
ART – Das Kunstmagazin
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