F.C. Gundlach (* 16. July 1926) dedicated his life to photography – as a photographer, entrepreneur, gallery owner, collector, teacher and curator.
In t2000 he established the F.C. Gundlach Foundation to permanently secure his life’s work and his extensive photographic collection and to allow for active, scientific and creative dialogue with his photographic legacy. The purpose of the foundation is the promotion of art, science and research in the field of photography, especially the promotion of photography as a cultural asset.
In September 2003, F.C. Gundlach was appointed Founding Director of the House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. His collection ‘The Image of Man in Photography’ forms the basis of the house’s collections. His predecessor director Zdenek Felix, gave a first impression of the variety and quality of the collection with the exhibition ‘A Clear Vision’ (2003), another aspect of the collection was shown in the exhibition ‘The Heartbeat of Fashion – Photographs from the F. C. Gundlach Collection’ (2006).