Born in Cuba, Abe Morell moved with his family to New York City at the age of 14. He began his photographic experience at Bowdoin College as a street photographer influenced by such luminaries as Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. After earning an MFA from Yale University in 1981, he began teaching at Massachusetts College of Art in 1983, where he still teaches today.
After the birth of his first child, Brady, in 1986, Morell's work turned toward his domestic environment exploring this new landscape from his son‘s perspective. Morell‘s images of toys, household objects, and books, as well as the camera obscura photographs have been widely exhibited and collected by museums throughout the United States. Abelardo Morell and the Camera Eye, organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, traveled to six venues including Boston‘s Museum of Fine Arts. Books of his work include a catalogue for the aforementioned exhibition (1999), A Camera in a Room: Photographs by Abelardo Morell (1995), Face to Face: Photographs at the Gardner Museum (1998), and Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland (1999).