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The Universe Next Door Member Picks Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: June 1-Sept. 2 2013

The basic contract of photography is that a viewer will agree to see only the three-dimensional image on a sheet of photo paper, not the two-dimensional piece of paper itself. Abelardo Morell's camera obscura photos, though, are about both the images and the surfaces. The series began when Morell decided to teach his students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design a lesson in basic optics by turning the classroom into a camera. He sealed all the windows with black plastic, except for a tiny hole that functioned as the camera's aperture. The image that came in was projected, upside-down and backward, onto the classroom wall. Continue reading >>

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