Karl Blossfeldt – The Botanical Imagination


If you stop by our Spitalfields store this week, roam a little farther east to The Whitechapel Gallery to catch the awe-inspiring Karl Blossfeldt exhibition. The botanical subjects of the German artist’s photographs possess an otherworldly presence that blends elements of Art Nouveau and Modernism.

Resembling antiquated scientific diagrams; each of the 80 silver gelatin prints on show were captured by one of Blossfeldt’s ingenious homemade cameras, in order to convey the plant surfaces in super scrupulous detail, from thorn to leaf tip. The collection also includes five rare large-scale prints and a handful of the artist’s original publications, which comprise his stunning working collages.