Sam Abell’s The Life of a Photograph

The Life of a Photograph

I was reading John O’Connor’s blog the other day and he mentioned that Sam Abell’s latest book The Life of a Photograph was soon to be published. Amazon was taking orders and I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived only a few days later.

I’ve been a fan of Sam Abell’s work in the National Geographic and in his collaboration with Stephen Abrose in Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery, a wonderful book with incredible images.

I’ve just started reading “The Life of a Photograph” and the images in these pages are really incredible. Many were taken during Sam Abell’s assignments with NG and they provide a wonderful glimpse into his unique approach to creating photographic art.

If you’re looking for a little photographic inspiration this weekend, stop by your local book store and pick up a copy. It’s money well spent!

2 thoughts on “Sam Abell’s The Life of a Photograph

  1. Hey Tom,

    Thanks for reading and for the comment.

    Sam is an incredible photographer and writer and a true gentleman. I just read a heart breaking post in John Paul Caponigro’s blog about Sam’s famous cowboy image being reproduced by Richard Prince and sold to the Guggenheim Museum. I was shocked by what had happened but proud of the way Sam handled it. He’s a man of great integrity.

    Here’s the link!


  2. Jeff,
    I agree. Sam Abel is incredible. His images are powerful but in a gentle way. I was lucky enough to hear him speak in Santa Fe about 20 years ago. Very inspirational. Hope to be able to take a workshop with him in the future.

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