Abelardo Morell
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Camera Obscura Image of the Philadelphia Museum of Art East Entrance in Gallery with a de Chirico Painting, 2005
chromogenic print
Traditional photography often turns on the moment when the photographer isolates himself behind the viewfinder or beneath the black cloth to click the shutter. Morell inserts himself into his room-sized camera obscuras, which conflate elaborate outdoor reflections with interior settings, thus activating the space in which the magic happens. This is one of a series of long-exposure photographs made inside museum spaces, which become elaborate cultural puzzles for the eye and the mind.