Sam Abell: The Photographic
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
Self Portrait with My Father, Sylvania, Ohio, 1975.
Gelatin silver print, 16 x 24 in. ©Sam Abell.
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.
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.
his best-known books are Distant Thunder: A Photographic Essay
on the American Civil War, Contemplative Gardens, The Inward Garden