Adam Barker-Mill (b.1940, Wookey Hole, Somerset) is known for his films and light sculptures. He started his career in filmmaking before devoting himself to his art practice in the early 1980s. As a highly respected cinematographer, Barker-Mill worked with a number of notable filmmakers throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He had long collaborations with the directors James Scott (A Shocking Accident, Oscar for Best Short Film of 1983) and Barney Platts-Mills (Bronco Bullfrog 1970 and Private Road 1971).
A fascination with light has been a constant focus throughout his career. The illumination of the local Mendip caves was an early inspiration. He has always been intrigued by the mechanics and workings of cinematic equipment, and has taken advantage of developments in technology (from the humble light bulb to tungsten-halogen to LED). “My understanding of how to use light comes out of that formative cinematographic experience – however different the end result”. The constantly moving and changing light source that is the sun has also played a significant role in his work.