Abelardo Morell was born in 1948 in Cuba but since 1962 he resides in the USA. His first experiments with the camera obscure technique started in 1988 as a teacher of photography in art college when he covered the windows in the classroom with black opaque plastic sheeting in order to darken the place and no light be visible. Then he cut a small hole in them and his students were mesmerized with the result. On the opposite wall was projected the upside-down image of the scene from the outside. Simple but so powerful. And as he says “It felt like the moment photography was invented.”
Elliott Erwitt – the “amateur” photographer of the absurd moments
Elliott Erwitt was born in 1928 in Paris but since the mid of 40s he resides in New York. His eyes catch immediately the quirky sense of humor in ironic situations within our everyday life. The ludicrous moments we often find ourselves into but not being able even to recognize them. And here it comes Mr. Erwit – to show us the absurd side of the coin and makes us laugh.
Since 1953 he is a member of Magnum Photos where was invited to join by its founder Robert Capa.
Why Mr Erwitt’s works are so wildly appreciated? Probably because as he describes himself he is still and will remain always “an amateur photographer”, clarifying though that the word “amateur” comes from the Latin and means “to love”.
David Maisel is an American photographer and visual artist born 1961. The Lake Project was made between 2001-2002 and comprises images from a formerly 200 square-mile Owens Lake in California. All of them from an eye-bird view.