Sam Abell practices the art of quiet photography shaped by the flatlands of Ohio and influenced by his relationship with his father who was his first photographic mentor. Abell left the plains on his assignments as a photographer for National Geographic, but the plains never left him.
There is openness in his images with backgrounds of flat and endless space.
His long career is filled with evocative images of people, wildlife and environment during his travels for National Geographic. Abell has become known for his quiet photography stylistic expression.
What is quiet photography? How did Abell develop his style, and what influenced his art?
Interview with Sam Abell
A Cowboy Photo
Many famous photographers become known for one picture or a series of pictures that stand the test of time and are still viewed way past their publication dates. Abell used his style of quiet photography to produce photographic compositions of the American West based on the paintings of Charles Russell. He provided a modern glimpse into the culture and nature of plains and western way of life.
Sam Abell Cowboy Photo