SAM ABELL, with a BA from the University of Kentucky, learned photography from his father. Collaborating with the National Geographic Society since 1970, he has published many books, including Seeing Gardens, Simon & Schuster, March, 2004, and Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, Rizzoli Publications, October, 2002. Eastman Kodak published a retrospective monograph of Sam’s work and a concurrent exhibit of his photographs was shown at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Abell has published nine books with National Geographic. He collaborated with historian Stephen Ambrose on ‘Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery’ (1998) and ‘The Mississippi: River of History’ (2002). A book of his best personal and professional work, ‘Sam Abell: The Photographic Life’, was published in 2002. Sam is a resident of Albemarle County, Virginia.