Adrian Buckmaster is a British-born photographer, residing in New York since 1981. His first camera was a 620 Kodak Bakelite Box Brownie, given to him by his mother when he was nine years old. He built his first darkroom when he was thirteen, it being wedged into a three-foot-square closet, developer and fix trays dripping onto ancient family correspondence, much to the irritation of his father.
His original desire was to be a news photographer, but that was scotched, when, at seventeen, after managing to sneak into the scene of an IRA bomb, he was pushed out of the way and blocked by more seasoned old timers. The unpleasant experience of fighting amongst other photographers to take a picture has forever stayed with him, even more so in this day of cell phone cameras.
After a brief detour into three dimensional design, he dropped out of college to pursue his early ambition and was hired by a venerable company of architectural model-makers, Thorp Model Makers, where he aided in the development and adaptation of endoscopes that allowed the viewer a human perspective of tiny scale models and eventually led to his love of architecture. As a result, he was the first photographer to be inducted into the Art Workers Guild, founded in 1882 by William Morris to promote the highest standard of excellence in all the applied arts.
Once in America he decided to begin photographing “beauty,” for clients like Revlon, L’Oreal, Kodak, and Colgate-Palmolive, and was the creative photo editor and photographer for Next Fashion magazine. His covers and editorial work ranges from Essence magazine to portraiture of musicians such as Anita Baker, Sade, and others, along with album covers for Elektra Atlantic. His work is regularly included in Huffington Post and Time Out, where he has been documenting the alternative scene since 2000. For his personal projects, he found a way to connect and share a deep love of misfits, who, like himself, are struggling to see themselves in a world that likes labels and promotes conformity.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he shares a studio with life-partner, fellow traveler, and renowned performer of Burlesque, Deity Delgado, and two cats. When not taking pictures, they transform their studio into Casa Delgado, an intimate theater that showcases the work of their extremely talented and gifted friends.