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Biography

F.C. Gundlach (Franz Christian Gundlach) born 16. July 1926 in Heinebach, Germany has been photographer, gallery owner, collector, curator, teacher 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 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-based magazine Film und Frau. He photographed the fashion lines of Berlin fashion designers, Parisian Haute Couture and many ad campaigns for fur fashion. A further focus of his work were fashion reportages with film stars in fashion and artist's portraits among whom were Romy Schneider, Hildegard Knef, Dieter Borsche and Jean-Luc Godard.

In later years F.C. Gundlach traveled to the Middle and Far East as well as Central and South America working for Film und Frau as well as for Stern, Annabelle and Twen. Until 1989 he photographed many of the trend-setting fashion features for Brigitte. Photographing on location he traveled to South America, to Africa, but most importantly to New York and the American West Coast in the 1970s and 80s.

F.C. Gundlach’s fashion photography of the 1950s, 60s and 70s which deals with social phenomena and current trends in the visual arts, achieved iconic status, left it's original context behind them and found it's way into museums and collections.

Retrospective solo exhibitions such as ‘ModeWelten’ 1985, ‘Die Pose als Körpersprache’ 1999, ‘Bilder machen Mode’ 2004 or ‘F.C. Gundlach. The Photographic Work’ 2008 were shown in many museums and galleries in Germany and abroad.

From 1975 to 1992 F.C. Gundlach presented more than 100 exhibitions in his PPS. Gallery including shows of Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, of Joel-Peter Witkin and Robert Mapplethorpe, of Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, of Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans. In the early 1980s he focused his attention on collecting photographic works and the conception of internationally recognized photo exhibitions. 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.