Monday, July 28, 2008

Karl Blossfeldt ~ Plant Photographer

Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German photographer of plant forms. Blossfeldt used a handmade wooden camera to photograph the botanical specimens and also casted models that were to be used by industrial craftsmen and manufacturers. I love the simplicity and symmetry of his work ~ also the richness and velvety softness of the black and white photogravure. Although this work was done in the early 1900's, it has an amazingly modern look.

{these look like totem poles to me}

{these, like wonderful skyscrapers}

{all images from here}

Here is a book you can buy on Karl Blossfeldt if you are interested in more of his work.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Ravishing. I love the stark, architectural forms.