Andy Adams

Partnering with artists to promote their work online.

Hello! I'm Andy Adams — I'm a digital producer + photo editor and I'm passionate about promoting arts experiences online. For the past 10 years, I’ve worked with cultural institutions that use the Internet to connect with web-based audiences and my projects blend aspects of digital communication, online audience engagement, and creative collaboration to explore contemporary ideas in photography.

Some of my recent projects include The Future of Photobooks, a cross-blog conversation that considered the impact of internet culture on photographic practice and 100 Portraits — 100 Photographers, a digital exhibition of current portraiture that has shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Australian Centre for Photography and numerous festivals in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012, the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design commissioned me to to produce Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views, a web-based survey exploring the evolving landscape photographic tradition. Last year, I partnered with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to produce Making Pictures of People, a mobile publication/exhibition of recent photographic portraiture designed for touchscreen tablets and handheld devices.

I’m fascinated with the Web’s potential to inspire communities and frequently speak about internet photo culture at conferences, festivals, art schools and other photography events. My lectures focus on our evolving relationship with images and the opportunities that social media provides image-makers to connect with audiences and each other to create, study and exhibit photography online.

 

What is FlakPhoto and how has it evolved?

FlakPhoto is an online photography channel that presents the work of artists, curators, bookmakers and photo organizations to a global audience of people who are passionate about visual culture. The site's main feature is The Collection, a digital archive of contemporary photographs which is updated five times weekly. Since launching in 2006, I've expanded my program to include a Galleries, Features, Stories, and Motion section.

The project has roots in online publishing and arts exhibition and I frequently collaborate with presses, galleries, and museums to produce a continuous program of promotional “happenings”. In addition to the website, I share photo/arts updates on my Timeline, and post photography news on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and I interact with those audiences on a daily basis. I'm passionate about creative collaboration and am constantly energized by what’s happening in the online community, so producing FlakPhoto gives me an outlet to satisfy that craving.

 

Who is FlakPhoto's audience?

Certainly plenty of photographers see the site and there's a solid cross-section from within the photo industry that watch it too—I regularly get emails from curators, editors, publishers and gallerists who enjoy the work they find here and I make professional connections between colleagues when I can. A big part of my mission is to help artists get their work seen and my contributors are always updating me with news about exhibitions and publication opportunities that have come out of their work being discovered on the site.

 

How does FlakPhoto contribute to the online community?

The Internet is a natural broadcast and publishing medium, but it's also a relationship medium that's fostering the growth of a global online photo community at an increasingly rapid pace. Web 2.0 technology has played a huge role in expanding FlakPhoto’s reach and the site's readers are web-savvy people who use social media on a daily basis, so that has inspired me to explore how those tools can encourage online audiences to communicate with each other about contemporary photography. In addition to using social media to promote the artists I work with, I host two Facebook groups (the FlakPhoto Network and FlakPhoto Books) that facilitate community conversations about evolving photo practice in 21st century digital culture. All are welcome — Join us?

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Making Pictures of People - Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture

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FlakPhoto Books of the Year 2014
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FlakPhoto Books of the Year 2014 35 recommended books of (and about) photography
Making Pictures of People — Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture
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Making Pictures of People — Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture A collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views
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Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views A collaboration with Swink and Trapp Interactive
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