Saturday, May 25, 2019

Karl Blossfeldt's Plant Photographs

Karl Blossfeldt’s photographs of plants inspired a generation of designers.


He began as a sculptor, working in an iron foundry. 


He wasn't trained as a photographer. He made his photos of plants with a home-made camera that was able to magnify leaves and buds, revealing symmetry and order in an apparently objective manner.


He became a professor of applied arts, and his photos were used mainly as teaching tools.

At age 63, he became a success overnight when his photos were published as Urformen der Kunst (sometimes translated as Art Forms in The Plant World), which is still in print.

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2 comments:

Kerry said...

He and Ernst Haeckel are two of my go-to inspirations for organic forms, and to re-inspire a sense of wonder at the complexities they revealed.

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