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F.C. Gundlach Collection

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

A collector selects subjectively without regard to proportion or obligation towards the public. Selection criterion is not only an intellectual approach to a particular art, but most of all an emotional: The joy to live with this piece of art. However a collection without a concept is just an accumulation. Focused on one style, topic or object it’s a personal résumé, a critical and affirmative commentary on tendencies in contemporary art at the same time.

In the course of time and under the impression of personal and social changes a collection changes like a living organism. Today the main emphasis of my collection lies thematically 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 gathered one of the most significant private photography collections.

The centre of the collection forms the ‘Image of Man in Photography’ – mainly fashion photography in the broadest sense, i.e. nude photography as well as documentary photography and ‘street photography’. Furthermore the collection is comprised of major omnibus volumes of art photography from 1900, subjective photography and the works of visual artists that used the media photography.

With the opening of the ‘House of Photography’ in the southern Deichtorhalle in Hamburg, the core of the collection to the ‘Image of Man in Photography’ found its way into this house established by F.C. Gundlach.