Karl Blossfeldt

All images from Karl Blossfeldt's masterwork, Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature).
Self-taught in photography, he devoted himself to the study of nature, photographing nothing but flowers, buds and seed capsules for thirty-five years. He once said, "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."

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