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Ansel Adams in Our Time, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The national parks hold a special meaning for photographer Abelardo Morell. While growing up in Cuba, he fell in love with the popular Hollywood westerns playing at the local cinema. Once he immigrated to the U.S., he was eager to discover the region for himself. Using a camera obscura, Morell transforms scenes of the national parks—made familiar by Ansel Adams—into otherworldly, impressionistic images.

See Morell’s work in “Ansel Adams in Our Time,” which places Adams into a dual conversation with his 19th-century predecessors and contemporary artists. The exhibition is on view through February 24.