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Abelardo Morell

Author: Abelardo Morell; Richard B Woodward
Publisher: London ; New York : Phaidon, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born in Havana, Abelardo Morell emigrated to the United States in 1962, where he took his first photography course after winning a scholarship to Bowdoin College - a small liberal arts college in Maine. There, Morell experimented with a variety of photographic techniques to create surreal effects that reflected his feelings of alienation as a Cuban living abroad. He proceeded to complete the graduate programme at
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Named Person: Abelardo Morell; Abelardo Morell; Abelardo Morell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abelardo Morell; Richard B Woodward
ISBN: 0714845728 9780714845722
OCLC Number: 63198553
Notes: Originally published by Tf. Editores, Madrid--T.p. verso.
Description: 135 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29 x 29 cm
Contents: Foreword / Richard B. Woodward --
Photographs (105 black and white photographs covering the breadth of the photographer's career) --
List of works --
Biography.
Responsibility: [text by] Richard B. Woodward.

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