About Adam Butler

Hi there! Thanks for dropping by! Here you can read some stuff about me 😉

I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and am of Italian and English-Irish-Scottish descent. I live in London and in a family home in the tiny but pretty Aeolian island of Panarea.

I studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the colleges of the University of London, where I studied art history but also, so importantly, learnt about composition, narrative, structure and form in art and architecture.

I have been a photographer for over 20 years, photographing architecture and interiors, and my images have been published as features in many of the leading interiors magazines worldwide, including AD Italia, Casa Vogue, Elle Decor, Homes and Gardens, Spazio Casa, etc.

My cityscapes, panoramas, landscapes and other images are in numerous private, corporate and local government collections worldwide.

I’ve exhibited with the Galerie Arnaud Bard in Paris, and in London at the Marylebone Gallery in Devonshire Street, where there is a permanent display of my London panoramic views. I also regularly exhibit my work at The Other Art Fair and other exhibitions in London. See news for information of upcoming events

Adam Portrait

Read an interview with me, my photography work, and living between London and Panarea in Silvia Novelli’s blog Una Dose Quotidiana di Bellezza, published June 2019.

Adam Portrait

I was recently featured in an article in a London Visual Arts blog by Alessandra de Costanzo

Adam interview in the Marylebone Journal

Read about me in the Marylebone Journal, May 2017

Dolce and Gabbana
Light Blue – Escape to Panarea perfume

An image of a bougainvillea-lined alleyway on Panarea by Adam was recently used on the box of a new perfume by fashion brand D&G.

See it here and also on the published and commercial work page.

Dolce + Gabbana - Escape to Panarea - photo by Adam Butler

Other than cityscapes and landscapes my speciality is interiors and architectural photography (see my other website www.adambutler.com), and my features on houses have been published in dozens of magazines in every continent.

Apart from photography, my other interests include cycling, golf, swimming, snorkelling, reading behavioural economics books and playing the classical guitar. I try to eat healthily, not drink too much and restrict coffee to one a day. Neither of these is easy though 😉

I have two children, and one wonderful wife, Frédérique.

I am very much inspired by the lifetime’s work of my father, the sculptor Vincent Butler (1933-2017), a poet of the human form in bronze. My father-in-law is the French-Canadian novelist Roch Carrier.

Some of the other artists who inspire me are the cool, offbeat narrative imagery of Edward Hopper, Wilhelm Hammershøi and Balthus, the cityscapes and “vedute” views of Canaletto, Bellotto, Van Lint, Vanvitelli and de Valenciennes, and the sheer visual joy in the work of some of the contemporary Scottish colourists such as Leon and Alberto Morrocco, and Glen Scouller.

I am available for commercial commissions in or around London UK.

See some examples of my recently published or commissioned work.

See a list of clients with whom I has worked.

I have an extensive database of photographs, including London cityscapes, views of Panarea and the Aeolian Islands, various landscapes and other images, and these are all available to be licensed for any sort of commercial, editorial, or advertising use. They are not licensed anywhere else.

I also teach a series of photography courses that are open to anyone of any level, and are essential to improve photography skills, and ultimately to make magnificent images, which after all is what photography is all about.

For photography nerds like me, I currently shoot with Nikon cameras, although for many years I also used Hasselblad film and digital cameras. I love exploring and reading about new equipment and digital imagery techniques, I adore working with Photoshop, and for the nerds like me you can read about the photographic equipment I use.

+44 7801 953952

A book of my photographs of Panarea was published in 1998 by Iditella Press, and some copies are still available. A new book of that most beautiful of islands is currently in (long-term) planning….

The Art Book, Phaidon Press, 1995
I wrote most of this book! That’s what an education at the Courtauld Institute leads to…


A wide selection of images are always on display at my studio in Marylebone, central London.
Please get in touch and drop by!