Morell, Abelardo

Camera Obscura (Living Room), black & white photograph on paper, 20” x 24”

Abelardo Morell (b. 1948, Havana): A photographer best know for his haunting use of the camera obscura, Morell’s body of work also includes a large number of intimate, richly evocative photographs of ordinary household objects and extreme close-ups of pages of antique books. His photographs were featured in a solo show at the Art Museum at Florida International University in 2004 sponsored by the CINTAS Foundation and are in the collections of many major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. His books include Abelardo Morell and the Camera Eye, Camera in a Room, Face to Face: Photographs at the Gardner Museum, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and A Book of Books. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1993, an Alturas Foundation grant in 2009 to photograph the landscape of West Texas, and the International Center of Photography 2011 Infinity award in Art. Morell has a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Yale University. He is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art. (Cintas for art, 1992-93)

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