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Photographer and Writer Rosamond Purcell

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Photographer and Writer Rosamond Purcell

Photographer and Writer Rosamond Purcell

In her New Book, 'Owls Head,' She Finds Art in the Overlooked

Photographer and Writer Rosamond Purcell

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Photographer Rosamond Purcell's new book, Owls Head, is about her 20-year friendship with William Buckminster, an eccentric collector whose dilapidated antiques shop and 11-acre junkyard in Maine became something of a tourist attraction. Buckminster sold many of his items to Purcell, who took them home and photographed them in large-format Polaroids. Purcell, who's been called the "doyenne of decay," has also collaborated three times on books with the late paleontologist and science historian Stephen Jay Gould.