Clarify your photography practice with renowned teacher and photographer Sam Abell.

Jul 22, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024

Levels: Advanced, Master,
Workshop Fee: $2895
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 10

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This rigorous workshop, for serious amateurs as well as experienced professionals, is about revitalizing your photographic life and taking it to the next level.

Working with renowned photographer and teacher Sam Abell, participants closely edit their existing portfolios and generate new work. In addition to the intensive daily program of editing and photographic assignments, the schedule also includes in-depth, one-on-one sessions with Sam.

The energetic agenda includes island trips as well as a two-night stayover on Monhegan Island, a beloved site for generations of Maine artists. On-island lodging is included in your tuition (Due to limited occupancy, non-student companions cannot be accommodated).

Throughout the week, each participant seeks to answer two essential questions: “What is a well-lived photographic life, and how do I achieve it?” The result of this week-long immersion in photography is a fine-tuned approach to working, editing, and carrying projects and careers to a higher level.

Course requirements

Students are required to work digitally and a laptop is required for image processing and editing.

A portfolio review is required for admission to this course. You can submit a portfolio via a link to your website, online portfolio, or print submission. For more detailed information on these requirements, click here.

When to arrive and extra information

Students should plan to arrive on Sunday, July 21st, before 5pm to attend the class meet-and-greet. Participants should also be prepared to show work that evening. This class will wrap up with a final meeting on Saturday, July 27th. This final session will be completed by noon.

Prior to the workshop, the instructor/teaching assistant will email all participants with additional course information and specifics.

Regarding the Monhegan Island Trip:

Please be advised that the terrain on the island varies. Please review this page. Participants need good hiking shoes and should carry their own water bottles. We highly recommend exploring the island with others. Please print or download this map.

The Monhegan Trail Map

All image credit ©Sam Abell

Student Testimonials:

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

“Beyond my wildest expectations!” Jane Spencer, Boston, MA

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

Past student work

Left to right: Rebecca Moseman, Stefynie Rosenfeld, Linda Wisnewski (x2)

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Instructor: 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.