Adam Thorman

Adam Thorman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BFA in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2003 and his MFA from Arizona State University in 2009. His work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ. His work is in the permanent collection of SFMOMA. He has taught at Prescott College in Arizona, Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and he is currently teaching photography at The Athenian School in Danville, CA and at Berkeley Art Studio at UC Berkeley. He lives and works in Oakland, CA. Growing up in the verdant urban environment of the San Francisco Bay Area helped shape Adam Thorman’s artistic voice. An early interest in mythology has led to a poetic interpretation of his surroundings. As an adult he has fought to maintain a sense of child-like wonder about the world. With an eye on poetry and metaphor, his artwork stems from a subtle sensitivity to light and deals with the transformation that can occur when the everyday world is carefully considered.


The Salt River Project follows the Salt River from the recreation areas East of Phoenix out to the Gillespie Dam West of Phoenix. It is the story of an urban desert river. The project begins with the conceptual framework provided by high water marks. Clumps of dirt, plastic bags and plant growth five feet up […]