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Camera Obscura. Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room. 1996 | © Abelardo Morell
Camera Obscura. Manhattan View Looking South in Large Room. 1996 | © Abelardo Morell
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Through The Looking Glass With Abelardo Morell

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Updated: 24 March 2016
One of the most innovative and critically acclaimed Cuban-born photographers, Abelardo Morell, is bringing to London a rare opportunity for you to witness his works. Although photographers today often stick to the times by using digital technology, Morell makes use of the ancient and unusual methods including tintypes, glass negatives, cyanotypes and – what he’s renowned for – camera obscura. The natural magic of camera obscura, translating to ‘dark chamber’, was once described by Aristotle and drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, and Morell brings this very technique to create other-worldly photographs. Blocking a room or area off to complete darkness, and only allowing a small selection of the outside world to reflect in, creates photographs without Photoshop. These unique scenes connect the present day with the antique beginnings of photography. Trust us, you will become curiouser and curiouser…

📅 22 March – 16 April 2016: Monday to Saturday 10AM – 5.30PM

📍 Beetles + Huxley, 3-5 Swallow St, London W1B 4DE, +44 (0) 20 7434 4319

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