German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1931) created close-up images of plants, making them appear like intricate cast-iron sculptures. The photographer, sculptor and teacher originally used his photographs to instruct his students on ornamental design. Publishing House Schirmer/Mosel are now introducing the book “Karl Blossfeldt: Die Arbeitscollagen“, which aims to illustrate Blossfeldt’s working process. Using a home made camera, Blossfeldt was able to magnify a subject up to forty-five times its actual size, revealing extraordinary details in the structure of the plants. In the process, he did not shy away from using scissors and scalpel, turning nature's designs into carefully thought-out images.
For further information on the book:
Karl Blossfeld: Die Arbeitscollagen. Schirmer/Mosel 2012, Hardcover, 63 pages, 29,80 Euros