Photographer Rosamond Purcell specializes in beautiful, yet unsettling images of natural and man-made objects. Her work has garnered international acclaim and she has released numerous books, including “Book Nest,” “A Glorious Enterprise: The Museum of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia,” and “Owls Head: On the Nature of Lost Things,” which covers Purcell’s 20-year photographic “excavation” of a Maine junk yard. She has also collaborated with historian Stephen Jay Gould, magician Ricky Jay, and Shakespeare scholar Michael Witmore.
Now, director Molly Bernstein (“Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay”) has directed a new film entitled “An Art That Nature Makes,” that details the photographer’s oeuvre of work and how she has found unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, straddling the line between the breathtaking and the disturbed. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (“The Thin Blue Line,” “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control”) says that, “Rosamond Purcell is one of the great photographers. She has captured the history of objects by photographing them in Romantic decline: books scourged by worms, petrified food-stuffs, biological specimens gone wrong, the inexorable entropic winding down of everything.”
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“An Art That Nature Makes” will have a theatrical run in New York City from August 10th through the 16th at the Film Forum, followed by a run in Los Angeles from September 2nd through 8th at Laemmle Monica.