Adauktas Marcinkevičius was born on April 30, 1936 in Kaunas, Lithuania. While in secondary school, he became interested in fine-art photography. His first teacher in technical and artistic aspects of photography was Povilas Karpavičius. Around 1955 Adauktas got acquainted with the art critic Valerija Čiurlionyte-Karužiene, who had a great influence in forming his artistic views.
In 1956 – 1957 he studied at the Cinematography Institute in Moscow. Regretfully, due to the lack of means these studies were brief.
In 1957 A. Marcinkevičius started to work as a photo correspondent at the “Jaunimo Gretos” magazine in Vilnius, Lithuania. This was the most productive period in his artistic career. In 1958 he founded the Photo Section at the Lithuanian Journalists’ Union and became its first president. The same year he initiated and organised the first post-war exhibition of fine-art photography in Lithuania.
In 1959 he lost his job at “Jaunimo gretos”. As a result, conditions for artistic and organisational activities severely worsened. Everything was deteriorating, his health, hopes and artistic projects. A. Marcinkevičius passed away on January 28, 1960. He is buried in Naujosios Rasos cemetery in Vilnius.