Sam Abell


Photographer

 

Sam Abell

Sam Abell is a gifted and insightful teacher, an expressive artist, and a sensitive photographer who learned photography from his father, Thad Abell. Sam worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer, and also as a Photographer in Residence. In 1990, his work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then he has published three collections of his work: Seeing Gardens, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, and The Life of a Photograph. In addition, Sam maintains a career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography. This is his 24th year teaching at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops.


Faculty Media

  • Leadership and the Lens

    Breakthrough solutions start with assumption-challenging questions—and it’s a leader’s obligation to surface them. In this video, Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center,...


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  • First Drafts: How Sam Abell Makes a Photograph

    Since 1970, Sam Abell has worked as a documentary photographer, shooting primarily for National Geographic. Here, in an exclusive video interview, he recounts his year-long quest to find the...


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  • The Sam Abell Library: 40 Years of Life and Still Life

    His process is built on the virtue of patience. He looks for structure in a scene, starting almost with a still-life. He dwells on the parts and composes meticulously. Then he waits.


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  • The Life of a Photograph

    Veteran National Geographic photographer Sam Abell offers a look inside the heart and mind of a master photographer.


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  • National Geographic: Sam Abell's Biography

    Abell has worked with the National Geographic Society since 1970 and has photographed more than 20 articles on various cultural and wilderness subjects. He has also lectured on photography and...


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  • 21 Quotes By Photographer Sam Abell

    “It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use.”


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  • Photographer Sam Abell Talks About “The Life of a Photograph”

    Sam Abell is an inveterate and habitual composer of scenes. “I see space, and white, and color in every situation and scene I’m in,” he says.


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The Life of a Photograph

Veteran National Geographic photographer Sam Abell offers a look inside the heart and mind of a master photographer. (video)