S+ Stimulant: Karl Blossfeldt
* Karl Blossfeldt (June 13, 1865 – December 9, 1932 – age 67) was a German photographer, sculptor, teacher and artist who worked in Berlin, Germany. He is best known for his close-up photographs of plants and living things, published in 1929 as Urformen der Kunst. He was inspired, as was his father, by nature and the way in which plants grow. He believed that ‘the plant must be valued as a totally artistic and architectural structure.’
Blossfeldt’s photographs were made with a homemade camera that could magnify the subject up to 30 times its actual size, revealing details within a plant’s natural structure.
Seymour suggested reading: Karl Blossfeldt: The Complete Published Work
An exhibition of Blossfeldt’s work is on view at London’s Whitechapel Gallery until June 14, 2013.
Published: May 21st, 2013