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Karl Blossfeldt


PhotoUtopia Intro: Blossfeldt’s work is deceptively simple, for although the function of these images was to be used as visual references for ironmongers; the images themselves are beautifully taken, with precision composition and delicate lighting which allows the viewer to see every organic shape and pattern. They are part science and part art, to fully engage with this work you must approach it as it was created, taking natures evolved and precise forms as artist inspiration.


Karl Blossfeldt (June 13, 1865 – December 9, 1932), was a German photographer, sculptor, teacher and artist who worked in Berlin, Germany. He is best known for his close-up photographs of plants.
Between 1881 and 1883; and studied art at the Institute of Royal Arts and Museum (later named College of Fine Arts, or Hochschule für Bildende Künste) in Berlin between 1884 and 1890. In 1890-1896 he participated in a project in Italy, run by Moritz Meurer, collecting plant material for drawing classes. During this period Blossfeldt started systematically documenting plant samples photographically. Some of his photographs appear in Meurer’s publications at the turn of the century.

Official Site: http://www.karl-blossfeldt-archiv.de/
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