KARL BLOSSFELDT (1865–1932, Germany)
This extensive collection of plant portraits reveals unexpected shapes and patterns in nature.
Karl Blossfeldt took photographs that showcase both scientific precision as well as an artist’s eye for composition, and this unique mix became a great success within modern art and photography.
He designed his own cameras that allowed him to photograph nature through a looking glass, and his images combined the styles of both Art Noveau and Modernism. Blossfeldt taught sculpting for most of his life, and his photo collection was first and foremost used to teach his students about the patterns of nature. But after his work had been exhibited in Berlin in 1926 the teacher became a recognized artist. Two years later the book Urformen der Kunst was published, and it became one of the 20th century’s most influential and significant photo books.