Urformen der Kunst  

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"These photographs [Urformen der Kunst] reveal an entire, unsuspected horde of analogies and forms in the existence of plants. Only the photograph is capable of this." --"News about Flowers" (1929), Walter Benjamin

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Urformen der Kunst: Photographische Pflanzenbilder [1][2] (1928) is a book by Karl Blossfeldt.

Walter Benjamin in Little History of Photography (1931) said of them: "So hat Bloßfeldt mit seinen erstaunlichen Pflanzenphotos in Schachtelhalmen älteste Säulenformen, im Straußfarn den Bischofsstab, im zehnfach vergrößerten Kastanien- und Ahornsproß Totembäume, in der Weberkarde gotisches Maßwerk zum Vorschein gebracht."

As Walter Benjamin wrote in "News about Flowers (1929)…"These photographs reveal an entire, unsuspected horde of analogies and forms in the existence of plants. Only the photograph is capable of this. For a bracing enlargement is necessary before these forms can shed the veil that our stolidity throws over them.”[3]

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