Renowned Photo Essayist Sam Abell to Exhibit
Works at University of Virginia Art Museum
Contact: Jane Ford
TV contact: (434) 924-7550
Photographer Sam Abell
Exhibition: "Sam Abell: The Photographic Life"
Friday, July 19, through Sunday, Sept. 15
Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
University of Virginia
Abell has documented the lives and environments of people of all
cultures during more than 35 years as a photographer. He has produced
in-depth photo essays for books and magazines, and is well known
for his work for National Geographic.
University of Virginia Art Museum will present a special exhibit
of his work, "Sam Abell: The Photographic Life," from
Friday, July 19, through Sunday, Sept. 15.
photographs, contact sheets, multi-image assemblages and texts,
the exhibition traces the diverse paths that led to the artists
raw material of his photography comes from close contact with remote,
even rugged regions of the world. To affirm and emphasize his commitment
to representing true conditions, Abell works in color in a documentary
first comprehensive exhibition of Abells photography examines
the development of his artistic sensitivity and maturity. It begins
with a biographical section of black-and-white photographs excerpted
from a journal of his daily life. The images are paired with documentary
color work made on assignment, providing a layered look at reality
that probes the nature of truth, in life and in photography.
The second section examines the process Abell uses to arrive at
final images by showing the options from which selections were made.
exhibition concludes with a selection of images from three photo
essays and a group of single photographs on the theme of duality
in Abells vision material and spiritual, permanence
and evanescence, and truth and illusion.
exhibition was organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum
with guest writer Leah Bendavid-Val, an editor at National Geographic.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the monograph, "Sam Abell:
The Photographic Life," will be published by Rizzoli Books,
with the sponsorship of Oakwood Arts and Sciences Charitable Trust.
The Internet publication, The Digital Journalist, is featuring selections
from "The Photographic Life" on its Web site, http://digitaljournalist.org.
longtime resident of Albemarle County, Abell was born in Sylvania,
Ohio, in 1945 and received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky.
His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, including
the International Center of Photography in New York City and the
Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, D.C. His work also has appeared
in group exhibits such as "Images of Australia" at the
Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.; "Odyssey: The Art of
Photography at National Geographic," organized by the Corcoran
Gallery of Art; and "Contemporary Photography," at the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. A documentary about the
artist "Sight and Insight: The Photography of Sam Abell,"
was produced in 1989 by Media Loft, Minneapolis. Abell has taught
master classes in photography at the International Center of Photography
in New York City; Santa Fe Photographic Workshops; and Anderson
Ranch Center in Colorado.
addition to his career as a photographer, he is 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."
Following the presentation in Charlottesville, the exhibit will
be on view at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, D.C., Nov.
1 - 30 and is available to other museums in the United States and
University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public without
charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available
behind the museum.
more information about the exhibit or the University of Virginia
Art Museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the museum Web site at
Digital images of Sam Abells work are available. Contact Jane
Ford at (434) 924-4298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.