Karl Blossfeldt


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(1865–1932), German photographer. With August Sander and Albert Renger-Patzsch, Blossfeldt is today the best-known exponent of German Neue Sachlichkeit, although his work was not discovered by the avant-garde until nearly the end of his life. In 1881–4 he served an apprenticeship in a sculpture foundry; then until 1889 trained at the Berlin Design Museum's school, and subsequently taught there until 1930. Around 1890 he began systematically tabulating plant forms, which were used as exhibits and pattern models in his classes. The form of Blossfeldt's images is always the same: cropped and treated ferns, buds, and seedpods arranged flat on pieces of card and photographed several times larger than life.


From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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