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Abelardo Morell’s camera obscura


Upright Camera Obscura Image of the Piazzeta San Marco
Looking Southeast in Office (2007).

Two of Abelardo Morell‘s photographs of Venetian rooms turned into camera obscuras. These look like slide projections but were made by covering the windows with black paper, leaving a pinhole which creates the view on the opposite wall. This always results in an upside down image unless corrected by an intervening lens.

Some of the photos in this series are on exhibition at the University of New England Art Gallery until January 27th, 2008.


Camera Obscura Image of Santa Maria della Salute
with Scaffolding in Palazzo Bedroom (2007).

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9 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau


    How crazy!

  2. #2 posted by Nathalie


    That’s some alternative way to take pictures.
    Imagine ringing the door bell of the Palazzo in front of SM della Salute and asking whether you can come in and blacken the windows of one room? And possibly remove some of the furniture in that room? All in the name of art.
    The result in that case is quite stricking.

  3. #3 posted by John


    I wonder how much time he spent finding the right room as well. Unless these views are angled with lenses I imagine they’d work better in some places more than others.

  4. #4 posted by pe-jota



  5. #5 posted by The Other Andrew


    Gorgeous! And hello, can you IMAGINE having a view like that?

  6. #6 posted by John


    I’d imagine any office with a view like that would have a correspondingly astronomical rent. Either that or the building is owned by a bank or something.

  7. #7 posted by allie humenuk


    I just finished a feature length documentary about Abe. If anyone is interested, check out my website: http://www.shadowofthehouse.com
    It was awesome to be in the room with him when the images from the outside came cascading into our space.

  8. #8 posted by John


    Thanks for that, Allie, I’ve added a post about your film.

  9. #9 posted by Pau de Nut


    I remember, when I was 11 or 12 (it means 1988 or 1989) an exhibition in Barcelona, near my parents’ home, in wich a camera obscura like Morell’s. For me it was completely magic and this considering the upsidedown image that was projected was the terribly boring street outside the gallery… ;)

    I’ve travelled to my childhood with this post. Thanks.






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