Life of A Photograph

Life of A Photograph

Book - 2008
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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.
Published: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2008.
ISBN: 9781426203299
Branch Call Number: 770.92 ABE
Characteristics: 207 p. :,ill. ;,27 x 31 cm.


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Sep 25, 2017

Before digital, photographers had to technically craft a photo by taking light meter readings and multiple exposures. They couldn't see what they'd taken until the film was developed, and could only compensate by "burning" and "dodging" the print in a dark room. Film speed was limited, film brands and types had different colour casts, camera lenses were fixed focal length. With all these limitations Sam Abell created beautiful images for National Geographic magazine of people and landscapes in muted colours. With an artist's eye and a humanist's soul, he describes why a photograph has meaning, what story it tells, and how it came to life. Leaf quietly through the pages and contemplate how he crafted the images.


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