In the 1890s, Berlin artist, sculptor and lecturer Karl BLOSSFELDT began photographing plants, seeds and other natural materials to show his students patterns and forms found in nature. His close-up photographs of tiny plant parts, which he enlarged up to 30 times, are surprising for their geometric and sculptural appearance. Blossfeldt's collection of photographs was first published in 1928 under the title 'Urformen der Kunst' and was a sensation. The publication became an international bestseller and remains one of the most important photo books of the 20th century.
The picture and text volume, 'Karl Blossfeldt: Variations', is the first detailed monograph devoted entirely to the reception of Karl BLOSSFELDT's work. Using unpublished materials, author Ulrike Meyer Stump analyzes the reproduction of Larl BLOSSFELDT's photographs in teaching aids, pattern books, art volumes and the illustrated press. In six chapters, this richly illustrated study traces the paths that Karl BLOSSFELDT's legendary plant motifs took from 1890 to 1945-as preparations, illustrations, analogs, models, and abstractions. Thematic excursions into the present illustrate the rediscovery of Karl BLOSSFELDT's motifs in design and architecture over the last two decades and provide a contemporary perspective on the famous German photographer.
Hardcover edition in German (this book is also available in English), 16,5 x 24 cm. (6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.) in portrait format on 516 pages there are 205 illustrations/photographs. The book design is by Integral Lars Müller.