Karl Blossfeldt by Hans Christian Adams

Rating: **** (4 out of 5)

Review: Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German teacher who devoted himself to the study of nature and the architectural / design elements hidden in plants, and revealed by him in his photographs. Using a magnifying lens, he would photograph flowers, buds, and seed capsules to reveal the extraordinary detail and internal logic of the growths.

What makes this book wonderful is not just its scientific value (which was what prompted Blossfledt); the images are aesthetically beautiful, the simple yet lovely forms intertwining and showing a side of nature we don’t usually pay attention to.

A few photographs:

I didn’t like the essays as much as the rest of the book, even though they do go into depth into the work and the author. Still, the design is lovely, the photographs are expertly printed, and this is a gorgeous book, as is usually the case with those published by Taschen. Recommended.

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3 thoughts on “Karl Blossfeldt by Hans Christian Adams

  1. Thank you for this interesting recommendation!

  2. Larry says:

    Ah I love his work- needs to be wider known!

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