Cover image for Karl Blossfeldt : 1865-1932
Karl Blossfeldt : 1865-1932
Adam, Hans-Christian, 1948-
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Köln ; New York : Taschen, 1999.
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359 pages : illustrations ; 34 cm
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TR724 .A33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Library Journal Review

Blossfeldt, Sander, and Weston all blossomed with the publication of their first books around 1930, were direct in their use of the medium, and rank among photography's defining masters. Yet they each had a unique style and focused on distinct subject matter, making their works instantly recognizable. These three books, part of a new photography series from Taschen, are sufficiently monumental to honor the artists' talents but still convey their singular talents. Germans Sander and Blossfeldt pioneered the "new objectivity" with their massive survey projects. Sander set out to document all of society in hundreds of portraits, typically titled "Country Farmer Dressed for a Funeral" or "Middle-Class Family." The influence of his style, stern yet eminently humane, is more present than ever in current photography. A prominent collector and photography writer, Heiting has made excellent work of a difficult task selecting more than 100 of these portraits for inclusion and augmenting them with lesser-known architectural and landscape photographs. Blossfeldt originally photographed plant specimens to help his students in art school with copying natural forms. But with the publication of Art Forms in Nature (1928), containing 60 of these photogravures, he was hailed as master and went on to publish two more acclaimed compendia. Adam, a photography writer, offers stunning reproductions of all the prints found in all three of Blossfeldt's volumes as well as the original essays from the time. The Weston volume will give readers a new appreciation of his almost abstract nature studies and nudes. Heiting has again chosen exemplary works from Weston's more diverse oeuvre, combining well-known signature pieces with unexpected images. Terrence Pitts, director of the Center for Creative Photography, has added an especially well-researched essay to accompany the selections. These books are all well done, but based on the popularity of their work in the United States, Weston belongs in all public libraries, Sander in medium and large public libraries, and Blossfeldt in all libraries with a serious interest in photography; the entire series would be at home in any academic institution.ÄDoug McClemont, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Blossfeldt's Art Forms in Nature deservedly garnered critical and public acclaim when it first appeared in 1929. His photographs of posed plant specimens, initially created to assist in the teaching of design but worthy of botanical study, revealed exotic sculptural forms akin to contemporary tastes in architecture and design. This new publication, part of a continuing series of high quality Taschen books on photography, reproduces in entirety the 1928 Blossfeldt work as well as two more of his photographic surveys, Wundergarten der natur (Magic Garden of Nature, 1932) and Wunder in der Natur (Magic in Nature, 1942). Supplementing the reproduced works are a biographical chronology and a bibliography. Hans Christian Adam's exceptional essay, "Between Ornament and New Objectivity: The Plant Photography of Karl Blossfeldt," captures the complex cultural environment of early-20th-century Germany in which Blossfeldt taught at the Berlin College of Art. The essay also examines what in Blossfeldt's nature made him obsessively photograph thousands of flowers, buds, and seed capsules in the same process and style throughout his life. A beautiful and intriguing book, highly recommended for libraries with interests in photography. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. E. H. Teague; University of Florida