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The F.C. Gundlach Collection

Collecting is a creative act, a method of self-awareness and a possibility to participate in the passions of others.

A collector selects subjectively without regard to proportion or obligation towards the public. Selection criteria can be not only the intellectual approach to a particular era or theme, but more importantly an emotional approach: The joy to live with a certain, special work of art. However a collection without a concept is just an accumulation. Focused on one style, one topic or subject collecting can become a personal resumé and a critical or affirmative commentary on tendencies in contemporary art.

In the course of time and under the impression of personal and social changes a collection evolves like a living organism. Today the main emphasis of my collection lies in pictures depicting people in their temporality and fragility.’

F.C. Gundlach

Over many decades F.C. Gundlach, one of the most important fashion photographers of West Germany, collected photography and created one of the most significant private photography collections.

‘The Image of Man in Photography’ forms the centre of the collection - in fashion photography, nude photography, documentary photography and ‘street photography’. Furthermore the collection includes several major sets of art photography from 1900, of abstract and subjective photography as well as the works of visual artists that use photography as their medium of expression.

With the opening of the ‘House of Photography’ in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, F.C. Gundlach gave the central collection concentrating on the ‘Image of Man in Photography’ as a permanent loan an substantial basis for the exhibition program to the City of Hamburg.