photography

Abelardo Morell – Camera Obscura

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.”

official site of Mr Abelardo Morell – http://www.abelardomorell.net/posts/camera-obscura/

an article in National Geographic explains what the Camera Obscure is and how Abelardo Morell applies its principles to his works – http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/05/camera-obscura/oneill-text

if you want to take a closer look of the process see the episode 1 of the BBC series The Genius of Photography – from the 3th to the 6th minute – http://www.documentarywire.com/the-genius-of-photography/

 

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”.

Mr. Erwitt’s official web site – http://www.elliotterwitt.com/lang/index.html