Sam Abell

  • Selected Works

    Guide at Twilight, Los Amigos River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print 24 x 36″

     

    Great Egrets over the Madre de Dois River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print 24 x 36″

    A Clear-Winged Butterfly on the Floor of the Rainforest, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    An Extended Family of White-Lipped Peccaries, Heath River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. An Extended Family of White-Lipped Peccaries, Heath River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    Tapir in the Heath River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. Tapir in the Heath River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    River Guide and Cargo during a Violent Thunderstorm, Heath River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. River Guide and Cargo during a Violent Thunderstorm, Heath River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    A Morpho Butterfly Feeds, Los Amigos River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. A Morpho Butterfly Feeds, Los Amigos River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    A Female Sloth and Baby at the Asunta River, Bolivia by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. A Female Sloth and Baby at the Asunta River, Bolivia, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    Family of Capybaras along the Madre de Dios River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. Family of Capybaras along the Madre de Dios River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    Two Juvenile Caimans, Los Amigos River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. Two Juvenile Caimans, Los Amigos River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    Caiman on the Bank of the Los Amiguillos River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. Caiman on the Bank of the Los Amiguillos River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    Social Spiders' Nest, Los Amiguillos River by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. Social Spiders’ Nest, Los Amiguillos River, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    Stilt Roots of a Walking Palm, Los Amigos Lowland Forest by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. “Stilt Roots” of a Walking Palm, Los Amigos Lowland Forest, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print

    Capirona Tree, Los Amigos Lowland Forest by Sam Abell at Les Yeux du Monde Gallery

    Sam Abell. Capirona Tree, Los Amigos Lowland Forest, 2004-2008.
    Archival digital print


    After the Wedding
    Sam Abell, After the Wedding, Shalimir Garden, Kashmir,1998. 20 x 24″

    Sabbathday Lake

    Sam Abell, Sabbathday Lake, Maine

    Rose Mallow

    Sam Abell, Rose Mallow, Chelsea Physic Garden, London

    Potter's Garden

    Sam Abell, Potter’s Garden, Hagi, Japan

    Kitchener

    Sam Abell, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    Pane Trees

    Sam Abell, Plane Trees, Villa Melzi, Lake Como, Italy

  • Past Exhibitions

    Sam Abell: Amazonia
    11 June – 18 July & 4 – 31 August 2010

    Amazonia was a traveling exhibition from the Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon. The accompanying catalogue is sponsored by the Oakwood Foundation which also supported the exhibition along with Canon USA, Carol Angle, Ruth Cross, Robert Strini, Linda Wachtmeister and Sharon Ungerleider.

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    SAM ABELL: Seeing Gardens

    6 – 7 April 2007

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  • Biography

    Sam Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography.  He has pursued his goals primarily through his lengthy, in-depth coverages for National Geographic magazine and its Book Division.  At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher, and author. The raw material of Abell’s photography comes from close contact with the world, especially austere, remote regions.  To affirm and, in fact, emphasize his commitment to what actually exists, he has chosen to work in color and in a strict documentary tradition. He has applied himself, particularly, to the photography of cultural landscape: He explores ways in which places can be purely recorded, with images simultaneously shaped by the photographer’s imagination. In addition, he has maintained a personal black-and-white photographic diary that documents the life behind the artistic process. In 1990 Mr. Abell’s work was the subject of a one-man exhibition at the International Center of Photography, New York City.  A companion book, Stay This Moment, was published at that time.

    In addition to his photography Mr. Abell is a member of the board of the director of the Santa Fe Center For Photography, the George Eastman House, and the University of Virginia Art Museum.

    In 2002 he collaborated with Leah Bendavid-Val on a retrospective of his life and work titled Sam Abell:The Photographic Life., published by Rizzoli.  He is also the author of the book Seeing Gardens, published in 2001Mr. Abell recently completed photography in the Amazon headwaters for an exhibition and book project.

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  • Bibliography

    I learned photography from my father, a teacher, at our home in Sylvania, Ohio.  

    After graduating from the University of Kentucky I worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer for thirty-three years. 

    In 1990, my work was the subject of a one-person exhibition and monograph titled Stay This Moment at the International Center of Photography in New York City. 

    Since then I have published four additional collections of work: Seeing Gardens; Sam Abell: The Photographic Life; The Life of a Photograph and Sam Abell Library.  

    In addition, I maintain a career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography.

     

  • Books, Articles and Reviews

    How Genius Works, for The Atlantic

    New York Times Magazine – Object Lesson, by Teju Cole

    Time Magazine – The Sam Abell Library: 40 years of Life and Still Life

    Sam Abell interview by Jonathan Blaustein from The Photo Editorand more press…

     

     

    Smithsonian Magazine – by Robert M. Poole

    Sam Abell, Seeing Gardens

    National Geographic, Washington, D.C., 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Stay This Moment, 1990

    The Photographic Life.  

    The Life of a Photograph