Abelardo Morell moved with his family from Cuba to New York City at age 14. He was introduced to photography at Bowdoin College in Maine, and used the camera to express his feelings about being an immigrant. As a student, Morell was deeply influenced by Robert Frank. He spent the early part of his career working in New York City and Miami as a street photographer. Morell graduated with an M.F.A. from Yale in 1981. In 1983, he began teaching at the Massachussetts College of Art in Boston. When Morell’s son was born in 1986, his photography changed radically. He began to produce photographs of domestic objects seen from a child’s perspective.
While on sabbatical in 1991, and inspired by his own classroom demonstrations, Morell began to use the camera obscura. His photographs of camera obscura images made in darkened rooms are well-known. Morell has done several photographic projects around books. His 2002 book A Book of Books is a striking collection of close-up photographs of books.
Born in Havana, Cuba, 17 September 1948
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