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"I think of myself as a writer who photographs. Images, for me, can be considered poems, short stories or essays. And I’ve always thought the best place for my photographs was inside books of my own creation."

- Sam Abell



Sam Abell is a teacher, artist, and photographer who learned photography from his father, also a teacher, at their home in Sylvania, Ohio.

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

In 1990, his 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 he has published three collections of his work: "Seeing Gardens", "Sam Abell: The Photographic Life", and "The Life of a Photograph".

In addition, Sam maintains an international career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography.

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Sam Abell, Documentary photographer

Sam Abell discusses his career and passion for photography in our series of videos introducing our Explorers of Light.