Life and career
Morell and his family fled Cuba in 1962, moving to New York City. Morell earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College in 1977, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in 1981. He received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from Bowdoin in 1997.
Morell is well known in the photographic community for creating camera obscura images in various places around the world and photographing these. Morell was awarded the Cintas Foundation fellowship in 1992 and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1993. Other awards he has received include the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award in 2011.
Morell served as the Professor Emeritus of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art. Houk Gallery is his exclusive representation, with his first show with the gallery displayed in their Zürich, Switzerland location in June 2013.
A documentary on elements of Morell's life and work, Shadow of the House, was released in 2007.
The first retrospective of Morell's work in fifteen years was held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, in an exhibition entitled "Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door." It was subsequently held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Books by Morell
- A Camera in a Room. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.
- Abelardo Morell and the Camera Eye. Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Calif. 1999.
- A Book of Books. Bulfinch, 2002.
- Camera Obscura. Bulfinch. 2004.
- Abelardo Morell. Phaidon. 2006.
- "Artists: Abelardo Morell". Edwynn Houk Gallery. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
- Shadow of the House (2007)
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