An Art That Nature Makes

New York Times Critics' Pick
75 mins.
Directed by Molly Bernstein

Photographer Rosamond Purcell and producer Alan Edelstein in person!

Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has attracted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould.

AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.

Producer Alan Edelstein, a Western Massachusetts native, has worked as a writer and producer for film, television, and communications. A journalist as well as filmmaker, he has written on arts and culture for several publications including The New York Times. Edelstein received an Academy Award nomination for his 1985 documentary short THE WIZARD OF STRINGS, a profile of the 1920s string instrumentalist and vaudeville star Roy Smeck.