Alex Morel studied at St. John’s University receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997, and completing his MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University in 2001. He is also a graduate of the International Center of Photography (ICP) General Studies Program, 1994-1995.
He has worked on editorial and documentary assignments for several international aid organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization (P.A.H.O.-W.H.O.), Organization of American States (OAS), and Accion International among others.
His personal work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1995. In 2002 he received the Eduardo León Jimenes Biennale Award from the CENTRO LEON museum in Dominican Republic, the FOTOMUSEUM Winterthur in Switzerland presented the first solo survey of his work in 2005, and in 2012 his work became an EnFOCO Touring Gallery Exhibition.
Since the year 2000, he has taught photography and visual arts, and has been a visiting artist at several educational and cultural institutions in the United States and abroad such as the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography (ICP), Rutgers University, the Caribbean Biennale at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in Santo Domingo, and the Camera Club of New York (CCNY) to name a few. He has been a fulltime faculty of the Department of Art & Design at St. John’s University since 2007 where he teaches classes on the history of photography, documentary, advance digital photography, as well as traditional darkroom practice.
His photographic work addresses diverse topics ranging from the deeply personal to the socially concerned. His long-term body of work Relaciones & Relatos is a meditation on family, intimacy, and our emotional and psychological connection to others and to the spaces surrounding us. Other projects like his work in Haiti, Turkey, and more recently in Brazil examine people’s relationship to environments as affected/defined by modern urban conditions.