Coinciding with The Photographer in the Garden, Aperture is pleased to present a series of limited-edition prints by artists featured in the book. 


"I’m not a gardener or or even a garden photographer. I’m a traveler who visits gardens for solace and visual inspiration. That means I seek from gardens what I seek from life itself--visually layered scenes that hold the possibility for meaningful photographic moments."  —Sam Abell


From famous locations to the simplest home vegetable garden, from worlds imagined by artists to vintage family snapshots, The Photographer in the Garden traces the garden’s rich history in photography and delights readers with spectacular images. Picture commentaries by Sarah Anne McNear and an informative essay from curator Jamie M. Allen broaden our understanding of photography and how it has been used to record the glory of the garden. The book features photographers from all eras, including Anna Atkins, Karl Blossfeldt, Eugène Atget, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Stephen Shore, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Collier Schorr. This sublime and beautiful book brings together some of the most stunning photography in the history of the medium.


Sam Abell (born in Ohio, 1945) is dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography.  He has pursued his goals primarily through his lengthy, in-depth coverages for National Geographic magazine and its Book Division.  At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher, and author. In 1990 Mr. Abell’s work was the subject of a one-man exhibition at the International Center of Photography, New York City.  A companion book, Stay This Moment, was published at that time. In addition to his photography Mr. Abell is a member of the board of the director of the Santa Fe Center For Photography, the George Eastman House, and the University of Virginia Art Museum.  In 2002 he collaborated with Leah Bendavid-Val on a retrospective of his life and work titled Sam Abell:The Photographic Life., published by Rizzoli.  He is also the author of the book Seeing Gardens, published in 2001.

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