Blossfeldt Study Visit
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With apologies for the short notice, but the feedback on this exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery is so good that we didn’t feel we could let it pass without a visit.
Karl Blossfeldt trained as a sculptor before turning to photography. His work is both objective – natural forms against plain backgrounds – and expressive. This is what the Whitechapel has to say about it:
Working at the junction of Art Nouveau and Modernism, Blossfeldt developed a series of homemade cameras that allowed him to photograph plant surfaces in unprecedented magnified detail. Working as a tutor in Berlin from the late nineteenth century until his death, Blossfeldt’s works were primarily used as teaching tools and were brought to public attention in 1928 by his first publication Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature). Swiftly regarded as a seminal book on photography, Blossfeldt’s factual yet finely detailed imagery was praised by Walter Benjamin, adopted by the Surrealists and mass produced in magazines and books.
Tutors Robert Enoch and Robert Bloomfield will be leading a study visit to the exhibition at 11am on Saturday 11 May and students who have attended one of their study visits before will know they will be in for a stimulating time. Of primary interest to photographers, we think other students might also get something out of considering this work. Places are free to OCA students. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org