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Sam Abell: The Photographic Life
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Sam Abell: The Photographic Life
“Pears, Moscow,” 1983.
“Pears, Moscow,” 1983. Chromogenic print, 16 x 24 in. © Sam Abell and National Geographic Society.

In a 35-year career as a photographer, Sam Abell has traveled throughout the world documenting the lives and environments of peoples of all cultures. This first, comprehensive exhibition of his work shows the development of an artistic sensibility and maturity.

“ Self Portrait with My Father”
“ Self Portrait with My Father,” Sylvania, Ohio, 1975. Gelatin silver print, 16 x 24 in. ©Sam Abell.

To affirm and emphasize his commitment to what actually exists, Abell has chosen to work in color in a strictly documentary tradition. Often, the raw material for his photography comes from close contact with remote, even austere, regions of the world.

A longtime Albemarle County resident, Abell has made in-depth photographic essays for magazines and books, and is particularly known for his National Geographic Society work. At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher and author.

Among his best-known books are Distant Thunder: A Photographic Essay on the American Civil War, Contemplative Gardens, The Inward Garden and Australia.


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