F.C. Gundlach, Photographer

F.C. Gundlach is regarded as one of the most important fashion photographers of West Germany’s post-war period. His work stands out for its perfect craftsmanship, technical finesse and artful staging, as well as a strong sense for communicating fashion visually.

F.C. Gundlach’s photographic approach can be described as an epigrammatic style: Reduced to visual essentials, clear and economical in structure and precise in it's communication. His images merge emotional and rational elements in a unique visual language, sensual and formal factors are held in a complex balance. The photographer’s grasp of material qualities is as sophisticated as his sense for the construction of images. Portraits, fashion photos, photojournalism and architectural studies are all characterized in equal measure by his quest for coherent visual constructions.

Since the mid 1960s the 28 mm-wide-angle lens became his preferred means of expression, allowing a closer proximity to the models, a more intense interaction. Working with it the photographer could look through the viewfinder while ‘smoothing a wrinkle with his hand’ at the same time. F.C. Gundlach also preferred the wide-angle lens because it offers a ‘sharper perspective and a higher depth of field.’