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Camera Obscura Image of Houses across the Street in Our Bedroom

Camera Obscura Image of Houses across the Street in Our Bedroom

1991
(American, 1948-)
Image: 45.4 x 57 cm (17 7/8 x 22 7/16 in.); Paper: 50.2 x 60.5 cm (19 3/4 x 23 13/16 in.); Matted: 61 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

Abelardo Morell's modern-day use of the camera obscura fuses the ordinary with the imaginary. Alluding to the drawing devices used by artists since the Renaissance to project and copy nature onto paper, his images exemplify the very essence of photography—the focused passage of light through an aperture into a sealed space. Morell finds ordinary rooms and turns them into cameras. Taping black plastic over all the windows, he leaves one 3/8-inch hole, which provides light for the image. He then sets up his large-format camera on a tripod inside the room, focuses his lens on the wall opposite the hole, stops down for maximum depth of field, opens the shutter, and leaves the room. Using eight-hour exposures, he produces simple, elegant demonstrations of camera optics. Morrell's surreal juxtapositions of the inner and outer world combine to create playful yet mysterious scenes of domestic and urban life.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 248
  • CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art."
    Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 24, 1996-February 2, 1997).
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