F.C. Gundlach, Curator
To improve the production conditions for photographers in Germany, F.C. Gundlach founded CC (Creative Color) in 1967, soon followed by the photographic service company PPS. (Professional Photo Service) with b/w and colour laboratories, equipment retail, rental studios and a specialist bookshop in the Hamburg Media Bunker. In 1975 he founded the PPS. Galerie F.C. Gundlach, one of the first galleries for photography in Germany. From 1975 to 1992, F.C. Gundlach presented more than 100 exhibitions, among others by Irving Penn in 1981 and Richard Avedon in 1983, by Joel-Peter Witkin in 1986 and Robert Mapplethorpe in 1981, by Martin Kippenberger in 1986, 1988, 1989 and Albert Oehlen in 1988, by Bruce Weber in 1987 and Sebastiao Salgado in 1987, by Nan Goldin in 1991 and Wolfgang Tillmans in 1992.
Since the early 1980s, his attention has increasingly focused on collecting photographic works and designing photographic exhibitions for institutions and museums. Among others, Das Medium Fotografie ist berechtigt, Denkanstöße zu geben at the Hamburger Kunstverein 1989, Berlin en Vogue in cooperation with Universität der Künste at the Martin-Gropius-Bau 1993, Modebilder, Bildermode / Zeitgeist becomes Form for the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Ifa) 1995, Das deutsche Auge at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg 1996, Emotions & Relations at the Kunsthalle Hamburg 1998, Wohin kein Auge reicht at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg 1999, Mode - Körper - Mode at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg 2000.
On the occasion of the reopening of the House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg in 2003, he presented the retrospective Think while you shoot! by the rediscovered Hungarian photographer Martin Munkacsi in April 2005, which was subsequently shown in Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Moscow, Budapest and Munich.
Exhibitions such as The Heartbeat of Fashion 2006 at the Haus der Photographie, More Than Fashion for the Moscow House of Photography 2011, Vanity for the Kunsthalle Wien 2011, Peter Keetman - Gestaltete Welt for the Museum Folkwang 2016 and many more followed.
After many years as a lecturer, F.C. Gundlach was appointed professor at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin in 1988. As a lobbyist for photography, he founded the Arbeitskreis Photographie Hamburg e. V. in 1993 and initiated the 1st Triennial of Photography in Hamburg in 1999, which has taken place every three years since then.