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Abelardo Morrell

I was delighted to recently rediscover the photography of Abelardo Morrell, a Cuban-born Bowdoin grad that has been teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art since 1983, while exhibiting his work all around the world.

I first discovered Morrell in a 1999 edition of the Museum of Fine Arts' Preview magazine, which I still have to this day because I loved his photos so much. His work is typically designed to transform the familiar, forcing viewers to look at everyday things in a different way.

His camera obscura series, in which the outside world is projected upside-down against the wall of a room, are the most fascinating, IMO. Camera obscura (which is Latin for "dark chamber") is a  method by which a room is kept completely in darkness, except for  a small hole of light on one side, through which the image of the world outside will pass through the hole and appear inverted on the room's far side. Like this shot of the Manhattan skyline, project on the walls of an empty room:

Or this one of a farmhouse in England:

 16courtyard_full_1Morrell has multiple upcoming exhibits this year, the closest one an ongoing installation at New York's Fisher Landau Center for Art.


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