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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Sam Abell

Dates:  1945 -
Born:  US, OH, Sylvania
Active:  US
Gender:  Male
National Geographic photographer.

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Abell, Sam, 2008, The Life of a Photograph, (Focal Point) isbn-10: 1426203292 isbn-13: 978-1426203299 [Δ
Abell, Sam & Bendavid-Val, Leah, 2002, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, (Rizzoli) isbn-10: 0847824969 isbn-13: 978-0847824960 [Δ
Abell, Sam & Bendavid-Val, Leah, 2013, The Sam Abell Library: The Photography of Places, (Radius Books) isbn-10: 1934435457 isbn-13: 978-1934435458 [Δ
Gilka, Robert E. & Abell, Sam, 1990, Stay This Moment: The Photographs of Sam Abell, (Lickle Pub Inc) isbn-10: 0934738726 isbn-13: 978-0934738729 [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan -
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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website


The wit and wisdom.

"Above all, it‘s hard learning to live with vivid mental images of scenes I cared for and failed to photograph. It is the edgy existence within me of these unmade images that is the only assurance that the best photographs are yet to be made."
"It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use."
"My first priority when taking pictures is to achieve clarity. A good documentary photograph transmits the information of the situation with the utmost fidelity; achieving it means understanding the nuances of lighting and composition, and also remembering to keep the lenses clean and the cameras steady."
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