The Collector, a new documentary short by New York City-based filmmaker Mark Zemel, tells the story of Eric Edwards, a former AT&T executive who keeps a 1,600-piece collection of African art in his Clinton Hill apartment (alongside smaller-scale collections of baseball cards, antique clocks, and over 40,000 LPs).
Edwards’s African collection includes tools, ceremonial masks, and weapons, and has been accumulating for the past 44 years and counting. The collection represents all 54 countries in Africa, with artifacts dating back to the Nubian empire. Edwards estimates that the lot is worth $10 million.
From The Gothamist
The collection of vinyls and comics is pretty nice as well.
Interesting how his parents forged his Afro-American identity by teaching him very early about African culture and arts.
Fascinating how truly passionate he is about his objects and the stories behind them.