Monday, May 5, 2003

Urformen der Kunst

Karl Blossfeldt, Urformen der Kunst, 1928 Simply stunning. "Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German instructor of sculpture who used his remarkable photographs of plant studies to educate his students about design in nature ... His photographs were taken using either a vertical or horizontal perspective and could be magnified up to twenty-seven times their actual size, revealing extraordinary details within the natural structure of the plants. In the process he created some of the most innovative photographic work of his time; the simple yet expressive forms captured on film affirmed his boundless artistic and intellectual ability. In 1928 Blossfeldt published his masterwork, Urformen der Kunst (Archetypes of Art). These rarely seen subtly toned black and white photogravure images are now recognized as vital contributions to the history of photography and they remain as intriguing today as they are beautiful." (via boingboing)

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