The Working Collages.
Photographs by Karl Blossfeldt.
156 pp., 71 illustrations, 6¼x9½".
Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) achieved overnight fame
in the late 1920s with the first publication of his
photographs of plants. They immediately gave him
the status of a pioneer of New Objectivity-an
innovative movement in art and photography of the
1920s and 1930s. Blossfeldt, however, was neither
a trained photographer nor a botanist. He was a
sculptor and art professor who did his photographic
work to generate teaching material for his students.
In 1977, sixty-one previously unknown collages were
discovered in Blossfeldt's estate, in virtually mint
condition, of photographic contact prints arranged
on large cardboard sheets. Blossfeldt apparently used
them to study the relation and similarity of the
photographs and to compare them graphically and
aesthetically. On some collages Blossfeldt had made
marks or handwritten notations. Others show lines
for cropping. All collages are reproduced in four
colors. Introducing the book is an essay by Swiss
art historian Ulrike Meyer Stump.