Drawing on 40 years of fieldwork, "The Life of a Photograph" takes readers on assignment and inside the heart of a master photographer to witness the process of making a truly great picture. This exquisite book is organized by the known and unexpected themes of Abell's work, ranging from his sensitive Portraits, beautiful Land, Sea, Sky and thought-provoking Wild Life to the surprising Just Looking (quirky scenes encountered on assignment), On the Road (photographs taken from automobiles), and The Built World (human impacts on pristine land). Anecdotes, explanations, and intriguing glimpses behind the scenes reveal the evolution--picture by picture and thought by thought--of some of the world's most interesting and recognized images and many never-before seen photographs as well. Selections cover geography and wildlife from the Arctic to the Amazon, and cultures from Australia to Japan to the American West. A beautiful gift for everyone who loves fine photography, this volume is not to be thumbed through once--it is a treasure that will be savored over and over again.
About the Author
SAM ABELL's forty-year career has been dedicated to achieving art through documentary photography. He is well known for his work with the National Geographic Society, which published his recent books Seeing Gardens and The Life of a Photograph. In 1990, his midcareer retrospective, Stay This Moment, was the subject of a book and exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York City. In addition, his career is the subject of the book Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, published by Rizzoli in 2002 and accompanied by a traveling exhibition organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum.