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date: 26 May 2020

Morell, Abelardolocked

(b Havana, 1948).
  • Lauren Summersgill

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(b Havana, 1948).

Cuban American photographer. Morell specialized in photographic illustration using camera obscura and tent camera techniques. He received his BA from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, and completed his MFA at Yale University School of Art, in New Haven, CT, in 1981. In 1997 Bowdoin College awarded Morell an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art. His exploration of the large-format view camera led in 1991 to his breakthrough imagery in gelatin silver-print in which he created a camera obscura out of his son’s bedroom, photographing the overlay of a projected image on the furnished room. Morell’s photographs produced using the device of room-as-camera were defined by works such as Brooklyn Bridge in Bedroom (1997), in which the inverted image of the Brooklyn Bridge overlays a plain bedroom with staggered walls; the clear lines of both structures combine to create an uncanny reimagining of the familiar. In 2005 Morell began to incorporate colour into his works, bringing a sense of fantasy to his pictures, enhanced by the additional use of a dioptre lens to reduce the long exposure of his silverprint images, allowing him to capture ethereal objects such as clouds and shadows in his final image....

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