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.
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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...
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.
Veteran National Geographic photographer Sam Abell offers a look inside the heart and mind of a master photographer.
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...
“It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use.”
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.
Veteran National Geographic photographer Sam Abell offers a look inside the heart and mind of a master photographer. (video)
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