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Art Forms in the Plant World (Dover Pictorial Archive) [Paperback]

Karl Blossfeldt
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23 Jun 1986 Dover Pictorial Archive
Originally intended as reference for his work as architect, sculptor, and teacher, Blossfeldt's exquisite sharp-focus photo studies of plant form — leaves, buds, stems, seed pods, tendrils and twigs — won acclaim with publication of the 1928 edition of this book. 120 full-page black-and-white plates. Original introduction. Publisher's Note. Captions.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Dover Ed edition (23 Jun 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486249905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486249902
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.1 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 30 Dec 2013
By hxx
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Incredible close up images of plants, beautiful patterns and design ides. I saw a copy while on a course and had to have one to refer to.
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By Invicta
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Karl Blossfeldt was an early 20th century photographer who created his own cameras to take pictures of plant surfaces in magnified detail.

This edition is a republication of the 1929 book: "Art Forms in Nature: Examples from the Plant World Photographed Direct from Nature".

Due to the era that these images are from we cannot expect high resolution photographs but the reproduction in this book is not as good as the images in his other book: "The Alphabet of Plants" (ISBN: 978-3-8296-0304-1). However, this book has more images and explores with greater variety the relationship between art and nature that the pioneering work of Blossfeldt revealed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice 17 Aug 2014
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Gorgeous photographs and well worth the price I paid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars book 9 Mar 2009
By kc
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good service from seller. Book not what I expected. would have prefered a look inside first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational "must have" for metalsmiths and artists! 1 April 2000
By Tosca Teran - Published on Amazon.com
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Karl Blossfeldt's imagery conjures up strange imaginary worlds. An absolute must have for artists searching out unusual organic forms as inspiration. Straight forward full frame B and W shots make photo copying or scanning a breeze. Gaudi, and Ernst along with the Brothers Quay come to mind.
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2.0 out of 5 stars bad reproductions 4 May 2007
By aa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
the reproductions are low contrast and not very nice -- i'd rather have photocopies! will look for a better copy...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Photos were not the quality I thought they'd be. 11 Mar 2006
By Jasper E Zentzis - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting crispy photos of professional quality with good levels of contrast to define edges, variation, etc. of the forms photographed. Instead most of the photos are somewhat blurry and of low-contrast, mostly grays, leaving depth to be inferred and not readable. I admit that I'm disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price 29 July 2009
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
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The quality of the printed images is not very good. I was hoping for glossy paper and crisp images. The paper used was not high quality, and the images are somewhat blurry. However, for the price, I think it is fine, but I forsee using it more as a reference to find better reproductions of images I like rather than as a book that I would enjoy perusing regularly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Connie's review 24 Jun 2008
By Constanze Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
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Great, portable reference and inspirational book for the creative photographer or artist. Not as extensive as the original, now out of print, hardcover book by Blossfeldt, but a good alternative.
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