F.C. Gundlach (Franz Christian Gundlach) born 16. Juli 1926 in Heinebach, Hessen is photographer, gallery owner, collector, curator and founder. Since September 2003 he is the Founding Director of the House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.
From 1946 to 1949 he visited the Private Lehranstalt für Moderne Lichtbildkunst of Rolf W. Nehrdich in Kassel. Since 1949 he mainly published theatre and film reportages as a freelance photographer for magazines such as Deutsche Illustrierte, Stern, Quick and Revue.
In 1953 he began his specialisation in fashion photography journalism-style with his work for the Hamburg magazine Film und Frau. He mainly photographed the fashion of Berlin fashion designers, Parisian Haute Couture and always fur campaigns. A further focus of his work was on fashion reportages with film stars in fashion and artist portraits among whom were Romy Schneider, Hildegard Knef, Dieter Borsche and Jean-Luc Godard.
Since then, F.C. Gundlach has gone on fashion and reportage travels to the Middle and Far East as well as Central and South America for magazines like Film und Frau, Stern, Annabelle and Twen. Until 1983 he photographed many of the trend-setting fashion pieces within the framework of an exclusive contract with the magazine Brigitte. Location travels led him to South America, to Africa, but most of all to New York and the American West Coast in the 1970s and 80s.
F.C. Gundlach’s fashion photographs of the 1950s, 60s and 70s that dealt again and again with social phenomena and current trends in visual arts, achieved iconic status, left their original context behind them and found their way into museums and collections.
Retrospectively created solo exhibitions such as ‘ModeWelten’ (Fashion Worlds, 1985), ‘Die Pose als Körpersprache’ (Posture as Body Language,1999), ‘Bilder machen Mode’ (Images Create Fashion, 2004) or ‘F.C. Gundlach. Das fotografische Werk’ (F.C. Gundlach. The Photographic Work, 2008) were shown in many museums and galleries at home and abroad.
From 1975 to 1992 F.C. Gundlach showed more than 100 exhibitions in his PPS. Gallery with works from Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, from Joel-Peter Witkin and Robert Mapplethorpe, from Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, from Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans. With the start of the eighties he focused his attention on collecting photographic works and the conception of internationally recognized photo exhibits. His collection of photographic works under the title ‘The Image of Man in Photography’ is one of Germany’s most important private photography collections and is available to the House of Photography on permanent loan.
In the year 2000 he established the F.C. Gundlach Foundation, whose purpose is the promotion of art, science and research in the field of photography, and especially of photography as a cultural asset.