If you like books as much as I do, including photography books, then Abelardo Morell’s A Book of Books is a must. For all of my photography followers, most of you will know who Abe is. This post is for my newer, book-loving writers and literary types. Abe was one of my professors at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design when I was an undergrad and a mentor during my graduate studies.
Abelardo Morell, Old Travel Scrapbook: Munich, 2000
Many people approach books for the first time in bookstores, in libraries and in schools. Books come in all shapes and sizes.
But as Abe points out, these books have “less to do with their rarity or preciousness than with my wanting to find out the stories they have to tell. Making photographs of these imagined narratives is at the heart of my work here.
One of the big pleasures of this project has come from spending a good amount of time looking at, holding, smelling, and reading a terrific number of skinny, fat, tall, pompous, modest, funny, sad, proud, injured, and radiant books. Of course, there are many more out there to be found, by anybody!”
Many moons from now, some artist, somewhere, is going to get a wild idea for a series, quite possibly: A Book of Kindles.