Selection of Original Prints from the Archive of Karl Blossfeldt at Foam

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AMSTERDAM.- Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam presents a selection of original prints from the archive of Karl Blossfeldt. Blossfeldt (b. Germany, 1865) was self-taught and had kept up a keen interest in nature since boyhood. As a sculptor and modeller at an art foundry, he drew inspiration from flowers and plants for decorative motifs. In the 1890s his career took a new direction when he joined a study project in Italy led by Moritz Meurer. It was then that Blossfeldt began to systematically collect and photograph plants. This documentation was for artistic use rather than scientific. Blossfeldt employed photography to study so-called primal forms from nature. Like his mentor Meurer, he wanted these forms to provide a source of ideas for architects, painters and graphic artists. Blossfeldt used photos from his archive as teaching material in his lectures at Berlin’s School of Applied Arts. In the course of his life he produced a