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Siloam Springs, Ark. (Feb. 2, 2015) - 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 excellence.”

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.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 1 overall and a Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News. JBU enrolls more than 2,800 students from 42 states and 40 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

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