Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz Verlag, . 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's white paper covered boards, upper board and spine stamped in red, black endpapers, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.
Collection of black-and-white plates reproducing photogravures of plants by leading photographer of the German Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement Karl Blossfeldt. A widespread cultural movement, New Objectivity emerged in Germany in the wake of the First World War, as a reaction against Expressionsim. Photography in particular was seen as uniquely suited to the authentic docmentation of the world as it is, unmediated by abstraction or sentimentalization. Blossfeldt trained at the Academeny of Royal Crafts Museum in Berlin, where he later taught. He spent thirty years photographing plants, using a camera he altered to record surfaces with unprecedented magnificaiton and clarity, the results of which were published in three important monographs: Urformen der Kunst (1928), Wundergarten der Natur (1932), and Wunder in der Natur (1942). "Blossfeldt believed that in nature one finds the foundation of all forms...Beautifully but starkly composed against plain cardboard backgrounds, [his] images rely on a northern light for their sense of volume...Blossfeldt's aim was to produce a catalogue of forms that could be placed at the disposal of artists, craftsmen, and architects as they conceived their designs" (International Center of Photography). Includes biography, list of solo exhibitions and bibliography. Some wear to edges of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #2065