F.C. Gundlach ( born 16. Juli 1926 in Heinebach, Hessen) dedicated his life to photography – as a photographer, gallery owner, collector and an exhibition organizer.
In the year 2000, he established the F.C. Gundlach Foundation to permanently secure his life’s work and his extensive photo collection to the ‘Image of Man in Photography’ and to allow for active, scientific and creative contact with his complete photographic legacy. The purpose of the foundation is the promotion of art, science and research in the field of photography, espescially 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 to the ‘Image of Man in Photography’ forms, on permanent loan, the basis of the House’s primary collections. The former director of the Deichtorhallen, 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 – Fotografische Werke aus der Sammlung F. C. Gundlach’ (Photographs from the F. C. Gundlach Collection 2006).