I thought I was reasonably conversant with the history of photography and its major players.
Last Sunday, on a trip to London, I was browsing in the bookshop of the Victoria and Albert Museum whose photography room (recently rehung and well worth a visit) I had just visited. I came across a book of images by Abelardo Morell.
To my shame, I had never heard of this true original!
Since my return, I have been reading avidly about him.
The work is painterly, poetic, witty, and profoundly metaphoric. Technically, it is both intriguing (for a photographer) and enchanting. It is also, in a world dominated by CS5, hugely refreshing in its use of traditional (large format) materials. I just love it!
I want the book Camera Obscura, if only for this one image, which I assume is in it........http://www.abelardomorell.net/photography/recent_01/recent_01.html
One technical point: in most of the camera obscura images, the outside scene appears upside down on the wall of the room, as one would expect. But, in a few, it appears upright. How does he achieve this?
Here is a link to his gallery. The Brooklyn Bridge images are sublime (and upright!)http://www.bonnibenrubi.com/Abelardo-Morell_artwork.html
I may have discovered someone on a par (for me) with Penn (who is my photographic hero) and Jeanloup Sieff, another photographer who made a huge impression on me.
The trip to London was worth it!