World-renowned National Geographic photographer and journalist Sam Abell will

speak at John Brown University on Saturday, February 7th at 3:00 p.m. in the Berry Performing Arts Center.

“It is incredibly valuable for our students to hear from giants in the field like Mr. Abell” said Neal Holland, associate professor of

visual arts. “Mr. Abell offers inspiration not just to our aspiring photographers but to anyone interested in pursuing their passion with


Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to the photography of cultural landscape, capturing the unique relationship between

humankind and the natural world. In addition to photography, he has authored numerous books including The Life of a Photograph,

Seeing Gardens and The Photographic Life.

In 2002, Abell collaborated with Leah Bendavid-Val on a retrospective of his life entitled Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, published by

Rizzoli. His most recent book Amazonia (2010) coincided with a traveling exhibition of images organized by the University of Oregon Art

Museum. Abell is a member of the board of the directors of the Santa Fe Center For Photography, the George Eastman House, and the

University of Virginia Art Museum and

“I’ve always been captivated by Mr. Abells work,” said Kyle Agee, instructor in the visual arts department. “His composition is flawless

and tells awe-inspiring stories from around the world.”

This presentation is made possible through a partnership with John Brown University’s Department of Photography, Bedford Camera and

Video and The Canon DLC program: Photographers of Light.

The presentation is free and open to the public, however space is limited. Reserve a seat online at All

online registrations will be eligible win a Canon SL1 DSLR. The winner must be present to claim the prize.

For more information, contact Jeannie Abbott at or 479-238-8561.