Karl Blossfeldt (June 13, 1865 – December 9, 1932) was a German photographer, sculptor, teacher, and artist who worked in Berlin, Germany. These plant photographs capture the beauty of nature from his book Urformen der Kunst (Archetypes of Art) (1928). He was known for his macrophotography where he used homemade cameras and lenses to magnify his subjects up to 30 times their natural size. He was inspired, as was his father, by nature and the ways in which plants grow. He believed that "the plant must be valued as a totally artistic and architectural structure."