Item description for Karl Blossfeldt by Hans-Christian Adam...
Featuring highlights culled from our photo series title, this new pocket book is a pure delight. Blossfeldt's stunning black-and-white photographs of flowers transcend the genre with their deep tones, architectural forms, and timeless beauty.
Outline When Karl Blossfeldt published Art Forms in Nature in 1928, he made photographic history and became an instant celebrity. The public loved the world of tiny shapes and organic monumentality revealed in his enlargements of flowers and seeds, stems and leaves. Yet Blossfeldt did not consider himself a photographer. He produced his beautiful studies of plant forms to illustrate the courses he taught on architecture at Berlin's School of Arts and Crafts. For 30 years he used the same painstaking method. He would make long journeys into the countryside to select his specimens, which tended to be hardy weeds rather than cultivated flowers. He then prepared them against a neutral cardboard background in various ways designed to avoid camera shake, then photographed in extreme close-up with a homemade plate camera equipped with a very long bellows. Plants gave Blossfeldt a constant supply of graceful designs in which organic growth modified the basic symmetry of natural forms. Unfurling ferns resemble Gothic tracery or a bishop's crosier, a seed pod suggests a medieval weapon, reed stems look like skyscrapers. This beautifully produced book contains 348 illustrations, including all of the plates in Blossfeldt's three books of 1928, 1932, and 1942 plus 30 large unpublished images made in his childhood home in the Harz Mountains of Germany. Blossfeldt's visual discoveries transport viewers into a fairyland of art deco patterns and shapes; every page of this book is a delightful surprise. If there is a gardener in your life, this is the perfect gift. --John Stevenson
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ISBN 3822873977 ISBN13 9783822873977
Reviews - What do customers think about Karl Blossfeldt?
Gorgeous book Nov 13, 2007
This is a beautiful book, both in terms of content and layout. The full-page b&w photographs capture amazing detail and texture - and there are a lot of photographs. I happened to be looking for a book that had more photographs than text, and this was perfect. I bought it as a gift and ended up spending a lot of time pouring over it myself before giving it away because the photographs were so captivating.
for photo editors and students of Edward Tufte Aug 5, 2001
If you're a student of Edward Tufte's work on small multiples, this is a great book. By comparing lots of fairly similar things within one visual field, one can learn a lot. That's a Tufte insight and this book shows that Blossfeldt was taking advantage of the idea 75 years ago. This book is also good for those who appreciate the beauty of contact sheets and the photo editing process. The book makes a great gift due to its unusual nature and extremely high printing quality.