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Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) botanical fine art photographer -

These botanical photogravures by Karl Blossfeldt are as simple and as chic as Irving Penn's Flowers.

Karl Blossfeldt Weberdistel, 1928.

Weberdistel (ca Photographer: Karl Blossfeldt, Germany

4 - Dipsacus laciniatus, Cut-leaved teasel, 4x

Karl Blossfeldt was born on June 1865 in Schielo, a central German town within the Harz Mountains. At about sixteen, Blossfeldt started an apprenticeship that formed his basic understanding of visual arts, working as a caster in an ironworks foundry.

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Photographic typology by Karl Blossfeldt

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“The plant never lapses into mere arid functionalism; it fashions and shapes according to logic and suitability, and with its primeval force compels everything to attain the highest artistic form.


"Dipsacus laciniatus" Cut-leaved teasel, leaves dried on the stem. Phography by Karl Blossfeldt

Blumenbachia hieronymi (Loasaceae), Blumenbachia, closed seed capsule, 18x

Regarded as one of the defining photographers of the century, Blossfeldt's otherworldly botanical images possess a certain subtlety and depth that is so particular to early photography

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Sanguisorba Canadensis (Canadian Burnet) and Vincentoxicum Fuscatum (Mosquito Trap), Karl Blossfeldt ^ Minneapolis Institute of Art