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Abelardo Morell

American, b. 1948

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Abelardo Morell

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American, b. 1948

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836
Biography

Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell surveys both the intimate and the majestic in his photographs of American people, objects, and landscapes. Morell initially worked in the tradition of Lee Friedlander and Gary Winogrand, photographing street scenes in New York. His interests later shifted to a more intimate yet still pedestrian scale, capturing black-and-white images of domestic objects. In 1991, Morell returned to the street, shooting scenes on a grander scale with a self-constructed camera obscura. The return to this centuries-old technology allowed Morell to better understand the origins of his medium and capture cities at a scale he felt was appropriate for comprehending them. In recent years, he transformed his camera obscura into a mobile tent, moving it to locations throughout America to capture landscapes on a monumental scale.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Biography

Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell surveys both the intimate and the majestic in his photographs of American people, objects, and landscapes. Morell initially worked in the tradition of Lee Friedlander and Gary Winogrand, photographing street scenes in New York. His interests later shifted to a more intimate yet still pedestrian scale, capturing black-and-white images of domestic objects. In 1991, Morell returned to the street, shooting scenes on a grander scale with a self-constructed camera obscura. The return to this centuries-old technology allowed Morell to better understand the origins of his medium and capture cities at a scale he felt was appropriate for comprehending them. In recent years, he transformed his camera obscura into a mobile tent, moving it to locations throughout America to capture landscapes on a monumental scale.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Fotofest International
Articles Featuring Abelardo Morell
13 Photographers Who Captured the Epic Beauty of America’s National Parks
Jul 1st, 2016
13 Photographers Who Captured the Epic Beauty of America’s National Parks
Abelardo Morell on his Tent Camera Photographs
Jul 11th, 2013
Abelardo Morell on his Tent Camera Photographs
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