Abelardo Morell is a Boston-based photographer. Morell and his family fled Cuba in 1962, moving to New York City. Morell earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College in 1977, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in 1981. He received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bowdoin in 1997.
Morell is well known in the photographic community for creating camera obscura images in various places around the world and photographing these. Morell was awarded the Cintas Foundation fellowship in 1992 and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1993.
Morell is currently Professor Emeritus of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art. He is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC.
A documentary on elements of Morell’s life and work, Shadow of the House, was released in 2007.
The first retrospective of Morell’s work in fifteen years was held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, in an exhibition entitled “Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door.” It was subsequently held at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.