Abelardo Morell makes a hotel room in New York into a Camera Obscura. Then he places a view camera on a tripod into the room and makes an exposure.
Video link: https://vimeo.com/5212904
Camera Obscura Image of Times Square in Hotel Room, 1997
This week we were talking about early photographic technologies, including the use of the Camera Obscura and the achievement – in the 1830s – of permanently fixing the image that appeared in it.
There are many artists making great work inspired by this amazing machine. I mentioned Abelardo Morell and his ‘Tent Series’, where he uses a portable tent as a Camera Obscura, its inside painted black. Using a camera on a tripod placed in it he takes exposures of the image which appears on the ground, in this arrangement:
Since 1991 I have converted rooms into Camera Obscuras in order to photograph the strange and delightful meeting of the outside world with the room’s interior.
In an effort to find new ways to use this technique, I have worked with my assistant, C.J. Heyliger, on designing a light proof tent which can project views of the surrounding landscape, via periscope…
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