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Light Bulb

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Abelardo Morell
American, born Cuba 1948

About this artwork

Abelardo Morell employs the language of photography to produce visual surprise and wonder. To demonstrate the optical principles at work in photography to his students, Morell constructed a homemade camera from a cardboard box open at one end, a lens, and duct tape. Clumsy yet elemental, the contraption stripped the idea of a camera down to its essence. “This picture gave me the feeling that photography is in many ways still raw and unexplored,” Morell explained a few years later. “Making this picture was for me a way to rediscover the mystery of the medium and maybe to share it with others.”


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Abelardo Morell


Light Bulb


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1991


Gelatin silver print


Image: 45.5 × 57.3 cm (17 15/16 × 22 9/16 in.); paper: 51 × 61 cm (20 1/8 × 24 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Comer Foundation Fund

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© Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

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