"Sir Philip George Doyne Adams" Order of St Michael and St George/KCMG was a United Kingdom/British career diplomat.

He was born in Wellington, New Zealand and was educated at Lancing College, Sussex, before going on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Christ Church, Oxford. He joined the Levant Consular Service in 1938 and was posted as a probationary Vice-Consul to Beirut.

During the Second World War he was an Intelligence Officer in the Australian Army. He took part in the invasion of Lebanon and Syria in 1941; however he was quickly recalled by the Foreign Office and spent the remaining years of the war in Cairo.

In 1954 he was made Chargé d'Affaires to Sudan in Khartoum and established the first British Embassy after Sudanese independence. Postings followed to Beirut and Vienna before he was appointed Consul-General in Chicago. It was during this period that he met and married Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Lawrence.

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When I printed the negatives, I could see that he was much better than that.

It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.

He had a discerning eye, and a narrative is built into his photographic record. By the places he went to and what he photographed, he is showing the aftermath on significant structures, as well as the recovery and people getting their lives back together.