Karl Blossfeldt

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    Karl Blossfeldt- The artistic photographer

    Born on June 13, 1866, Karl Blossfeldt was a German photographer, sculptor, artist, and teacher. He was also a naturalist, and his works are best known for his close captures of plants and animals. The artist stayed and worked in Berlin, Germany.

    The photographs of these animals and plants are recorded in Unformen der Kunst's published work, published in 1929. He had a very keen interest in nature and the environment. He shared this interest with his father. The growth trends of plants and animals were an area of interest for the photographer. 

    His natural study and photographers 

    He believed that the plant has an artistic value worthy of being recognized. While painters painted plants and flowers in great detail, Blossfeldt captured the details of plants in close-up photographs to be studied by people. He did this from an artistic point of view. However, his photographs also helped scientists. Blossfeldt also believed that the plants and their parts have an architecture in them, which he wanted people to study and understand, which was completely justified since plants have a natural symmetry that can inspire many artistic ventures. 

    Association of Blossfeldt with Berlin School of Arts 

    He had contacts at the Berlin School of Arts and Crafts. He was friends with Heinz Warneke, an American sculptor, and artist who had similar interests as Blossfeldt. Heinz was not just his friend but also his student. However, Warneke's interest lay more in animals than in plants which made him carry on making sculpt statues of animals he learned from Blossfeldt; its influence was seen in his later exhibits. 

    His teaching career 

    Blossfeldt worked as a professor in the United States School of Fine and Applied Art. The thing with Blossfeldt is that he never received any formal training in his arts; he was a natural artist. However, he did take on a brief apprenticeship to hone his existing abilities under Moritz Meurer from 1890 to 1896. In these six years, his abilities became more published and making him more observant. 

    Blossfeldt was working as a teacher in the Institute of Royal Arts Museum in 1898. He held on to the post till 1931 and enjoyed a long career as a teacher. While working at the institute, he established an archive for his photographs. Today, we get references to his work in photography from this archive. 

    He was so interested in studying the natural forms of plants and animals that he developed a series of cameras independently. These cameras were developed at home, which had high magnifying power and captured plant textures with great detail. It showed how big of a genius he was and how high interest he had in nature studies. His entire life, Blossfeldt worked in Berlin, Germany. 


    His published work

    At first, Blossfeldt's works were only used as teaching tools which kept his works restricted in the academic circle. It was only when they published a book in 1928 that his photographs garnered public attention. When the photos were published, Karl was 63 and an established professor.

    The book became an international bestseller, and Blossfeldtsaw got fame overnight. The nature and detailing of his work surprised and impressed his contemporaries. Some of them ranked him amongst the greatest photographers of their time. Blossfeldt's legacy is as a pioneering book of modern photography and nature studies. 

    The book is great for naturalists and conservationists who want to study plants in detail. Through his book, a person can see how artistic and wonderful nature is. 


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