Born in the United Kingdom, Adam Davies studied painting before switching to large-format photography in the late 2000s. Adam Davies received an EdM from Harvard University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has held a full-time position as Lecturer & Media Specialist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington in addition to teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon, Catholic, Robert Morris, and Harvard Universities. He is a recipient of grants from the Vira Heinz Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and has attended residencies including, the Chinati Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown and Yaddo.
In 2015, Davies was named as Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards and was the recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award. Between 2016–19, he was an artist-in-residence at Creative Alliance in Baltimore where his 2018 exhibition featured collaborations with Los Angeles-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai and Baltimore-based percussionist Adam Rosenblatt. He is currently working with two award-winning authors: Joan Wickersham on a project based upon the 17th-century Swedish shipwreck Vasa and Ivy Pochoda on an exploration of the annual wildflower bloom that borders the highways in downtown Los Angeles. In 2019 he received the American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant in support of his work with Wickersham and presented his project, Reroutings, at the Mid-Atlantic TED Talk in Washington, DC.