Watch: Abelardo Morell, Exclusive Artist Talk
Renowned for his appropriation of defunct photographic processes, Abelardo Morell is one of the most innovative photographers working today. Abelardo Morell takes us on a guided tour of the gallery – picking out his favourite works from the exhibition Through the Looking Glass (March-April 2016).
Producing images that connect the antique beginnings of photography to the modern environment, Morell uses a variety of unusual methods – tintypes, glass negatives, wet plate collodian, cyanotypes, cliché verre and, most famously, the camera obscura. The exhibition showed a cross-section of works from Morell’s celebrated career, including many of the Camera Obscura series. Having honed his technique, Morell has travelled the world reinventing famous scenes through the gauze of his otherworldly camera obscura process. The Eiffel Tower, San Marco Square in Venice and the Manhattan Bridge are all rendered strange through their passage into the dark chamber of the camera obscura.
As well his Camera Obscura series, works from Morell’s Tent Camera project were displayed. During a visit to Big Bend National Park Morell became interested in the desert floor and sought a method to project the surrounding desert onto it. A prefab dome tent with a periscope inserted in the roof allowed him to make images of a semi-abstract appearance that combine urban and rural scenes with the visceral nature of their surroundings.