Monday, June 19, 2017

Karl Blossfeldt: Superb Pioneering Botanical Photographs

Karl Blossfeldt made many of his incredible botanical photographs with a home-made camera that could magnify the subject up to thirty times its size, revealing details within a plant's natural structure. 

Appointed for a teaching post at the Institute of Royal Arts Museum in 1898 (where he remained until 1930), he established an archive for his photographs. 

Blossfeldt never received formal training in photography. The ingenious artist developed a series of home-made cameras that allowed him to photograph plant surfaces in unprecedented magnified detail. This reflected his enduring interest in the repetitive patterns found in nature's textures and forms.

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