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Artist Name:

Abelardo Morell

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, born Cuba, 1948

Title:

Camera Obscura Image of the Grand Tetons in Resort Room

Date:

1997

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

Overall: 20 x 24 inches Framed/Mounted: 28 x 34 inches

Credit Line:

Purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust

Accession Number:

2002.279

Currently Not on View
This photograph demonstrates the basic scientific principles of a camera obscura: if a lens or aperture is placed in one side of a completely dark chamber, it will select and focus the rays of light from the outside to create an inverted image of the external scene projected onto a surface opposite to the chamber. Morell’s "Camera Obscura" series features many surreal scenes such as skyscrapers inverted on New York hotel room walls, but this view of the rugged Grand Tetons landscape projected upside-down into the safe and bland bedroom, carefully centered on a small elk statue, is an especially playful and ironic commentary on the way we inhabit, experience, and photograph the natural landscape.



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