Hayk Adamyan was born on November 24, 1952 in Gyumri (Leninakan) Armenia. The son of Mkrtich a cobbler, he grew up with five brothers and one sister. His family moved to Gyumri from Romania after his grandfather escaped the first genocide of 1896. His father besides being a shoemaker was also a professional dancer and played multiple musical instruments. From a young age, their father tried to inspire a love for art in his children. Hayk discovered a love for photography.
While living in Gyumri (Leninakan) a terrible tragedy happened. In 1988 the well-known Armenian Earthquake occurred causing terrible damage throughout the entire country and Gyumri was one of the cities most affected. Many lives were changed and Mr. Adamyan was not spared. His home, studio and archive of artwork was utterly destroyed.
The earthquake energized Adamyan to photograph the scenes of destruction and subsequent rebuilding throughout Armenia. His creative energies focused and he became determined to share the story. Little did he know that UNESCO would feature his photography of the Armenian Earthquake at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 1989. His photography received worldwide attention bringing a permanant document to the event.
In 2000 he emigrated to the United States. He found immediate work as a commercial photographer while exposing himself to photographic techniques unavailable in Armenia during the Soviet Union. Loving both the image and the process he focused on alternative photographic techniques.
Hayk Adamyan’s childhood love has only served to fuel his passion for his career in photography. When once asked, “How long has he been pursuing this passion?” He replied, “Since my early teenage years.”
His determination, strong work ethic and poetic manner has earned him a place among the greatest of well-known artists in Armenia. And his status has reserved a prominent photographers position in Television, Theater, Museum and press work.
Mr. Adamyan’s career is not limited to the fine arts. His work also expands into the production and publishing of books, catalogues and posters.
Since 2000 he has been living, creating and seeking further inspiration in the United States with his family, who he loves. But his soul still resides in Armenia.