Abelardo Morell by Richard B. Woodward is a great general overview of the photographer’s collections. When his son was born in 1986, Morell focused on the child’s point of view, so turned towards a variety of perspectives. This handsome book has some great highlights from Morell’s camera obscura series, such as the Empire State Building upon a coverlet in a bedroom, the Baptistery in Florence in a hotel room and the Umbrian landscape in an empty room. Also noteworthy are images from Morell’s book studies, like simple, yet detailed shots of the dictionary or a book damaged by water. A fun touch is the alphabet drawn with drops of water.
Hardcover, 140 pages. Phaidon 2005, $31.47 at Amazon.