Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell

Artist in Residence
My Life in Photography


Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948, and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. Morell received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and his MFA from The Yale University School of Art. He was professor of Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston from 1983 to 2010. He has received a number of awards and grants, which include a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994 and an Infinity Award in Art from ICP in 2011. His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and others domestically and abroad. His work is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York City. Most recently he travelled to the south of France to photograph the landscape where Van Gogh painted.


Project Summary

I plan to begin sketching out a book about my life in photography. I want to explore my biography through my pictures hoping to capture various stages of being an artist from my beginnings as a young exile in New York to my present work which continues to find the world interesting and rich. While I work on this biography I will also start to consider designing a new photographic device which will be used to photograph the landscape in new ways. My previous invention -Tent/Camera allows me to photograph a view projected on the ground where my Tent sits. The results are uncanny because the image I get is a sandwich of two realities coming together in one picture. The result suggests a painterly photograph. I will be searching for historical optical devices in Florence collections that I can learn from to build my own modern photographic device to extend my ways to picture the landscape.