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Maker(s):Morell, Abelardo
Culture:American, born 1948 in Cuba
Title:Camera Obscura Image of Umbrian Landscape Over Bed
Date Made:2000
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:sheet: 24 x 20 in.; 61.0 x 50.8 cm; image: 22 3/8 x 18 in.; 56.8 x 45.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2003.03
Credit Line:Purchase with William K. Allison (Class of 1920) Memorial Fund
© Abelardo Morell

Label Text:
Abelardo Morell’s photograph documents two places in a single space. The first is a room with a tile floor and a steel-framed bed covered with a loose bedspread. The second is a landscape, which is projected on a wall over the bed. The landscape is, in fact, outside of the room. Thanks to camera obscura, a discovery attributed both to Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472) and Erasmus Reinhold of Wittenberg (1511–1553), it appears as an inverted image within the room.

When a pinhole punctures a darkened chamber—a box or a room—light passes through the hole and projects the exterior scene inside of the box. Photography can permanently fix this phenomenon on a sheet of light-sensitive paper, creating an otherworldly image.

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