Abelardo (Abe) Morell (born 1948 in Havana, Cuba) 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 a professor 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.
He has received a number of awards and grants, which include a Cintas grant in 1992 a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994 a Rappaport Prize in 2006 and an Alturas Foundation grant in 2009 to photograph the landscape of West Texas. He was the recipient of the International Center of Photography
2011 Infinity award in Art.
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 Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago
, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
, the Houston Museum of Art
, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
, the Victoria and Albert Museum
and over seventy other museums in the United States and abroad.
A retrospective of his work organized jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago
, The J. Paul Getty Museum
and the High Museum in Atlanta
will be on view starting in the summer of 2013.
His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
(1998) by Dutton Children’s Books, A Camera in a Room
(1995) by Smithsonian Press, A Book of Books
(2002) and Camera Obscura
(2004) by Bulfinch Press and Abelardo Morell
(2005), published by Phaidon Press. Recent publications include a limited edition book by the Museum of Modern Art
in New York of his Cliché Verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks.
He lives with his wife, Lisa McElaney, a filmmaker, and his children Brady and Laura in Brookline, Massachusetts. Filmmaker Allie Humenuk has made a film entitled Shadow of the House, an in-depth documentary about Morell’s work and experience as an artist.