Abelardo Morell, ‘Camera Obscura Image of Boston View Looking Southeast in Conference Room’, 1998, Skinner
Abelardo Morell, ‘Camera Obscura Image of Boston View Looking Southeast in Conference Room’, 1998, Skinner
Abelardo Morell, ‘Camera Obscura Image of Boston View Looking Southeast in Conference Room’, 1998, Skinner
Abelardo Morell, ‘Camera Obscura Image of Boston View Looking Southeast in Conference Room’, 1998, Skinner
Abelardo Morell, ‘Camera Obscura Image of Boston View Looking Southeast in Conference Room’, 1998, Skinner

Sight size 17.875 x 22.25 in. (45.3 x 56.4 cm), framed.

Photographer Abelardo Morell is noted for his series of works made using camera obscura techniques. He describes the process in this way: "In setting up a room., I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view Outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film. One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and Outside." [1]

[1] [http://www.abelardomorell.net/project/camera-obscura/(http://www.abelardomorell.net/project/camera-obscura/)
Courtesy of Skinner

Signature: Signed, numbered, titled, and dated "ABELARDO MORELL #17/30..." in pencil on the verso at bottom (visible through an opening in the backing).

About Abelardo Morell

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.

American, b. 1948, Havana, Cuba, based in Boston, Massachusetts

Solo Shows

2015
Brunswick,
A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell
2013
Chicago,
From the Ground Up: The Tent Camera Photographs of Abelardo Morell

Group Shows

2017
New York,
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture
2017
New York,
Art Basel 2017 - Folio
View Artist's CV