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Monographs or surveys on the history of photography and notable photographers from the mid-19th Century to the present.

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Blossfeldt, Karl, Urformen der Kunst, Dortmund, Germany, Harenberg Kommunikation, 1982, first edition thus, 12mo (6.75" x 4.75"), SB, green textured paper wraps w/ b&w illus pastedown & white titles, VG+ / none. Light shelfwear.

272 pages, profuse b&w photos. Text in German. Introduction by Karl Nierendorf, afterword by Ann and Jurgen Wilde.

This is a small reproduction of the second of three important books of Blossfeldt's remarkable photographs, listed in Roth's The Book of 101 Books. Blossfeldt was a professor of applied art who began creating these images in 1898 for use as visual aides in his lectures on natural structures. He gathered plant specimens himself, by hand, on bicycle trips to the countryside. Karl Nierendorf, the Berlin gallery owner who first recognized the artistic importance of these images, displayed them along side African sculpture, and pronounced that Blossfeldt's photographs were symbols of "a new unity in all spheres of life, art, and technology."    [Book ID # 2003]


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