Abelardo Morell creates innovative and surprising photographs that encourage us to question the way we see. Widely known for his pictures that capture the projections from room-scale camera obscuras—the earliest form of camera that uses a basic pinhole to resolve an image in a darkened room—Morell draws upon the origins of the medium to transform the everyday into something special. In the process, he emphasizes that photography always manipulates what we perceive. While initially constructed in interior spaces, he has recently taken his concept outdoors with the use of a tent camera that allows him to overlay his projections on the ground on which they are made.
Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and lives in Boston, where he is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art. A major traveling retrospective of his work, The Universe Next Door, was shown at The Art Institute of Chicago, the John Paul Getty Museum, and the High Museum of Art in 2013–14.
Come hear Abelardo Morell speak at this Friday’s Anderman Photography Lecture at 7 pm in Sharp Auditorium. While you’re at the museum, join in the fun of Untitled #72 (Supernatural). Purchase tickets to the lecture and Untitled together and receive a discounted admission here. Costumes welcome (but please no masks or completely painted faces)!
Image credit: Abelardo Morell, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999-2000. ©Abelardo Morell. To make this photograph, Abelardo Morell placed his camera inside of a large scale camera obscura he created in the room pictured. An image of the city of Boston is projected upside-down on the wall and over the piano, chair, and clock that sit in the space.