“Extraordinary … Illuminating … Beautiful. Now it’s clear to me that she is without question our greatest living 17th-century photographer.” – The New York Times Critic’s Pic

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Molly Bernstein
USA | 2016 | 75 min
European Premiere

Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted 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.

Nominated for the ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

“A fine primer to academic darling Purcell’s object-driven focus, from which questions about the natural world and its relation to aesthetics are impossible to ignore.” – The LA Times

Cracking the Frame

Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

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