Abelardo's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Northern Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

  • ON DVD:

ABELARDO MORELL

Photographer/Professor
Massachusetts College of Art and Design

“Have some sense of hope, so that even when things are not feeling that great, you stick with it. You’ve got to work for a living.”

INTERESTS:

Art Education

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Dedication Experience Hard Work Perseverance Simplicity Success

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

Cuba, Enviornment & Nature, fame, hope, immigrant, not knowing, odd jobs, ordinary, time

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Born in Cuba, his family fled to the U.S. when he was 14.
  • Had a working-class lifestyle in Cuba but arrived in America with next to nothing.
  • His family disapproved of his desire to become a photographer, didn’t want him to stay stuck in poverty.
  • Took odd jobs as a janitor, a doorman, but always had a darkroom and kept up his passion on the side.
  • Says that achieving your goals won’t (and shouldn’t) be easy—he put 25 years of work in before he felt successful.
  • Stresses that everyone is working for a living—just because he’s an “artist” doesn’t mean he’s lazy or somehow “above” anyone.
  • Likes photographing ordinary, everyday objects because they’re “the things we all share.”
  • Glad he found success later in life, says fame and success at too young an age makes people “cocky.”

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