Adam Wiseman

Adam Wiseman

Course leader of BA Commerical Photography

Photography, Culture and Environment

, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

Mexico City, 1970. As a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York and a former printer at Magnum Photos, Adam Wiseman's career has been marked by his relationship to photojournalism. His subjects are clearly interposed with an understanding of image as something between document and intersubjectivity.  

Wiseman has lived in Mexico City, NY, Scotland, Brazil and London.  He has a BA from New York University in Ethnographic Film (1992) and completed the Documentary Program at the International Center of Photography in NY (1996). He is a two-time recipient of Mexico's Endowment Of the Arts SNCA/FONCA fellowship 2012-2015 and 2018-2021.


  • BA in Ethnographic Film (New York University), Diploma in Photojournalism (The International Center for Photography, NY)

Areas Of Interest

  • Photography, architecture, migration
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Born in Mexico City in 1970, Wiseman has lived in Mexico, NY, Scotland and Brazil.  He has a BA from NYU in Ethnographic Film (1992) and completed the Documentary Program at the International Center of Photography in NY (1996).

Wiseman spent 13 years working as a freelance photographer and two years as a fine printer for the Magnum photo agency, then spent 17 years in Mexico City teaching and working on photography-based projects.

Selected for the XVI Bienal de la Fotografía in 2016 and 2014 consecutively he is also the twice recipient of Mexico’s prestigious Endowment Of the Arts SNCA/FONCA fellowship (2012-15 & 2017-20). A Photolucida Critical Mass top 50 (2012), recipient of the Best of Show Award in the 2012 from the Photo Review Competition, selected as a PhotoEspaña Visionary and a Prix Pictet nominee in 2013, 2015, and 2019.  His work has been featured in LENSCRATCH, Fototazo, Developtube, Porcupine, LATAM and F-Stop Magazines.

Wiseman's work seeks to review orthodoxy within the traditional documentary process by addressing the role of objectivity in an intrinsically subjective medium. In recent work; Moving Portraits (2013), Moving Stills (2015), Tlatelolco Disproved (2014) and Arquitectura libre (2020) process becomes an important part of the completed piece.


External roles

  • Linked Tutor for Barking and Dagenham College

Industry partners

Safran, Sanofi, Rexel, BBC, iPhone, Siemens, World Bank, UNAM, Mexican Presidency, Banamex/Visa, London School of Economics, Harvard University, Credit Suisse, Sony, Yahoo, Airbnb, Ting/Pepsi-Cola, LAR Fernando Romero, TEN Architects, Gefco, WeWork, Ipsen, Abaca/Ibis, HEM and Frieze.


Private Collections: Banamex (Mexico), Smithsonian Institute (USA), 9/11 Memorial NY (USA), Museum of Fine Arts Houston (USA), The Schöepflin Stiftung collection (Germany), Coppel Collection (Mexico), University of California, Berkeley (USA), Stanford University (USA), Centro de la Imagen (Mexico), UNAM (Mexico)

Most recent research: 

Arquitectura libre 2016-2021


Colors, Domus (Italy / USA), Bloomberg, Aperture Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, GQ, Time, Fortune, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Texas Monthly, Metropolis, New York Times T Magazine, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Saveur, Habitus, and Businessweek (USA).

Wallpaper, Aesthetica, The Economist, Guardian, Telegraph, Contemporary Photography Magazine from The Royal Photography Society and The Observer (UK), L'Expresse, Exe, Paris Match, and Le Monde 2 (France), El Mundo, MAN (Spain), IDEA (Sweeden). Travesias, PicNic, La Jornada, Proccesso, National Geographic, Cuartoscuro, Quo, Tempestad, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Vice (Mexico). Stern Magazine (Germany). New York Times Travel (China). 

Tlatelolco desmentido Troconi-Letayf 2018

Area Conurbada Edition One Books 2012

Distrito Federal Edition One Books 2009

Sonora, Magic Market Adam Wiseman/Kurt Hollander, Editorial RM, 2008

The Super Adam Wiseman/Kurt Hollander, Editorial RM, 2007

Collaborations in Endless City London School of Economics/Phaidon, Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping, Rem Koolhaas / Tashen, Mutations, Rem Koolhaas / Tashen

NY September 11 by Magnum Photographers, Power House Books


BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

Prepare for a successful career in commercial photography. Experiment and develop emerging technology such as AR/VR and 3D technologies.

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Application and Experimentation: 1A, 1B, and Advanced, Mental Wealth Level 4, Independent Major Project