Southern California based photographer Don Adkins has been photographing the world of music or over 3 decades. Don has extensive archives of more than 200,000 images to showcase some of his favorite & significant rock images. Self taught as a photographer, by first borrowing his father’s 35mm camera, Don learned by trial and error . Always technically savvy (being an engineer by background), he was able to figure out the technical aspects of photography and marrying this with his great passion for music, photographing musically important events and having the inherent sense of timing of which moments to capture. Along the way a couple of lucky breaks occurred, being at the right place and right time during the formation of local groups such as Berlin, Toni Childs & Motley Crue, but also seeing the rise of artists such as Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Queen and more. Don was able to build relationships with artists, managers and record companies which has turned into over 20 record covers, various publicity campaigns and assignments for publication as well as rock TV shows that have appeared on MTV networks, FUSE TV and Showtime.
In addition to photography Don enjoyed an aerospace career where he was a senior-level executive for an aerospace prime in the world of spacecraft programs.