Camera Obscura Image of Manhattan View Looking West in Empty Room

  • Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura Image of Manhattan View Looking West in Empty Room, 1996, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1996, Abelardo Morell, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation, 1998.159

Exhibition Label
To produce this image of New York City, Morell created a camera obscura. He covered the windows of a room with dark plastic and cut a small hole as an aperture. As light entered the space, it projected a reverse image of the outdoors on the opposite wall, which Morell then photographed. This disorienting inside/outside scene can evoke dreams, fragmented memories, or the feeling of being between two cultures at once.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Camera Obscura Image of Manhattan View Looking West in Empty Room
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image: 29 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (74.9 x 100.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – tool – ladder
  • Architecture Interior
  • Cityscape – New York – Manhattan
Object Number
1998.159
Palette
Linked Open Data
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