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.



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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