Sam Abell

Sam Abell is one of the most experienced and accomplished teachers and photographers in the field today. From 1970 to 2005, Sam worked for National Geographic as a contract and staff photographer and as a Photographer in Residence. In 1990, his work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. Accompanying the exhibit was a mid-career retrospective monograph titled, Stay This Moment. Since then he has published three collections of his work:  Seeing Gardens, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, and, most recently, The Life of a Photograph. In addition, Sam maintains a career as a writer, teacher, and lecturer on photography.

What Sam’s students have said:

“Being with Sam Abell opens the gate. You go forth and start your own paths. You now have some tools and skills you didn’t have before and new ideas on which you might build.”
– Anne Hanning, Boston, MA

“Sam’s class was an invaluable opportunity to gain the insight of a photographic legend.”
– Harry Oxnard, Los Angeles, CA

“High energy, comprehensive teaching combined with patience and understanding.”
– Judi Hochman, Los Angeles, CA