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Old Travel Scrapbook: Munich, 2000. Photograph by Abelardo Morell.
In conjunction with the exhibit Voyages (per)Formed at the
Photographic Resource Center, we are pleased to present the Tupper
Scrapbooks from the collection of the Print Department of the Boston
Public Library. The Tupper Scrapbooks are part of the Print Department's
collection of 19th century photographic travel albums. Mrs. Alice
Stevens, the daughter of the man who assembled the albums, William
Vaughn Tupper, gave the albums to the Library in 1953. In the 19th
century began the American habit (compulsion) of documenting their
journeys photographically. At the beginning of the 21st century
we use digital and disposable cameras but at the end of the 19th
century travelers were dependent on photographs sold by photographic
shops in the cities that they visited. William Tupper assembled
his unique albums using commercially produced photographs made by
some of the finest operators of the day. His albums were a labor
Voyages (per)Formed was originally shown at the Southeast
Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, curated by Alison Nordstrom.
Alison discovered the Tupper Scrapbooks when a cancelled appointment
in Boston gave her some free time to visit the Boston Public Library;
the Tuppers eventually became the stars of her show. In addition
to exhibiting the albums themselves, Alison was able to commission
four artists to interpret the albums.
In June of 2000, one of the artists, the Boston photographer Abelardo
Morell, spent two weeks photographing the Tuppers. We include in
the show photographs by Mr. Morell with some of the albums that
he photographed. We hope that by exhibiting Mr. Morell's work with
the original objects that he photographed, we can present you with
a rare opportunity to look through the eyes of a great visual artist.
We invite you to visit the Photographic Resource Center at 602
Commonwealth Avenue to see more of the Tupper albums and of the
work of Abelardo Morell along with the other featured artists, Carol
Flax, Peter Goin and Lorie Novak. The Photographic Resource Center
gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday: 12-5pm, Thursday: 12-8. Admission
is $3/general public, $2/students and seniors, and free on Thursdays.
The PRC is free to members and to school groups with appointments.
The PRC is fully accessible. For more of the work of Abelardo Morell,
there is a small exhibit of his photographs of several books damaged
when the basement of the McKim Building flooded in 1998. To see
the show, take the elevator to your left to the concourse level
and go past the phones to the left.
Old Travel Scrapbook & Postcard: Tower of Pisa, 2000.. Photograph by Abelardo Morell (From the Tupper Scrapbooks).