Quiet Photography of Abell

Sam Abell and plains

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.

Sam Abell and horses

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?

Sam Abell

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 and cowboy
Sam Abell and calf roping

Sam Abell Cowboy Photo


Sam Abell’s Year Long Quest for a Photo

Sam Abell and winter bison
Sam Abell and winter bison

12 responses to “Quiet Photography of Abell

  1. Thank you for sharing these great interviews with Sam Abell. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next from you. Keep up the good work.

  2. Wonderful pictures and loved the interview. Interesting about Sam and his dad and not being able to talk like they did while they were engaged in photography. Says something about when your doing something you love.

      • You know, your post comes a great time for me. I had been failing to post everyday because I thought my landscape pictures of rolling grasslands were boring. But now I see it is not the landscape – but my presentation of it! Again, thanks for sharing this man’s work.

        • I’m smiling while reading your comment, because I had the same thought after listening to Abell in the video and viewing his pictures. His videos gave me ideas on how to make my photos more complex too.

          So in my picture Winter First Light, I snapped a wind-shaped tree in front of the landscape.

          I’m glad it gives you ideas and gets you to go back out with the camera.

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