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Sam Abell

Sam Abell learned photography from his father at their home in Sylvania, Ohio, where he was born on February 19th, 1945. He graduated in 1969 from the University of Kentucky in Lexington with a B.A.

Abell has worked with the National Geographic Society since 1970 and has photographed more than 20 articles on various cultural and wilderness subjects. He has also lectured on photography and exhibited his images to audiences throughout the world. In 1990, Eastman Kodak published a retrospective monograph of his photographs titled Stay This Moment: The Photographs of Sam Abell. A companion exhibit of his work was shown at New York City's International Center of Photography in November of that year Abell's book credits include Contemplative Gardens, The Inward Garden: Creating a Place of Beauty and Meaning, Australia: Journey Through a Timeless Land, and Seeing Gardens. In 1998 he collaborated with author Stephen Ambrose on Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery and again in 2002 on The Mississippi: River of History. That same year, he worked with author Leah Bendavid-Val to produce a retrospective of his life and work titled Sam Abell: The Photographic Life. Two additional book projects, Four Stories and The Life of a Photographer, are scheduled for publication in October 2007 and October 2008, respectively.

Sam Abell lives in Albemarle County, Virginia, with his wife Denise.

Andrea Modica

Andrea Modica is one of photography's most important image-makers. Her work has been exhibited across the country and is in many collections and featured in many magazines, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and American Photo. Her five books, including Minor league and Treadwell have both met with critical acclaim. Andrea Modica lives in Philadelphia, where she is a professor of photography at Drexel University. She received her MFA from Yale School of Art and her undergraduate degree BFA from State University of New York College at Purchase, New York. Additionally Andrea teaches at the International Center for Photography, the Woodstock Photography Workshops and the Santa Fe Workshops. She has been honored with a Fulbright-Hays grant, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Aaron Siskind Foundation Grant, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award.

Her images are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Whitney Museum of Art, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France. She is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery, NY; Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA; G.Gibson Gallery, Seattle WA; van Straaten Gallery, Denver, CO.

Stephen Perloff

Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope publishing since 1976, editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market, and editor of Focus Magazine. He has taught photography and the history of photography at numerous Philadelphia-area colleges and universities and has been the recipient of two grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for arts criticism. He was the recipient of the Sol Mednick Award for 2000 from the Mid-Atlantic region of the Society for Photographic Education and the first annual Vanguard Award from the Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image in 2007.

His photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions and reside in many museum and private collections. His work was recently included in the exhibitions "An Evolving Legacy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the Michener Art Museum" at the James A. Michener Art Museum (June 2009 – January 2010); "Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970–1985" at The Print Center, Philadelphia (fall 2009); "The Silver Garden" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (February– July 2005); "Continuum: Photography in Philadelphia: Past, Present, and Future" at the Free Library of Philadelphia (March–July 2007); "Filling the Frame" at Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia (April 2007), and "Hot Topic," a show about global warming, at The Germantown Academy (fall 2007).

He has been widely praised for his writing about the photography art market, including his detailed auction reports, and for his extensive reporting on major stories like the exposure of the production of fraudulent Lewis Hine prints. His articles have been reproduced in dozens of other journals — like American Photo, The Art Newspaper, Town & Country, Silvershotz, and Photo News — and he has been called on as an expert to comment on the state of the photography market for publications such as The New York Times, The Toronto Globe & Mail, and The Wall Street Journal.

He has curated more than a score of exhibitions, including "Philadelphia Past and Present" at the Philadelphia Art Alliance for the city's tricentennial in 1982. He was the curator of the acclaimed series "Photography: Contemporary Prospect" at Historic Yellow Springs (1994–2001). And he curated the exhibition "Camera Work: A Centennial Celebration," which opened at the James A. Michener Art Museum in September 2003 and traveled through January 2005; an exhibition of environmentally concerned photographs, "Paradise Paved," for the Painted Bride Art Center (April–May 2005); "Radical Vision: The Revolution in American Photography, 1945–1980" at the James A. Michener Art Museum (January–May 2006); the retrospective exhibition "Andrea Baldeck: The Heart of the Matter" at the Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (January–March 2007); and "Saving Face," an exhibition of portraits drawn from the collection of Robert Infarinato at the Michener (November 2008 – March 2009). He was also the curator for the Woodmere Art Museum Photography Triennial (September 2009 – January 2010).