F.C. Gundlach (* 16 July 1926 in Heinebach, † 23 July 2021 in Hamburg) dedicated his life to photography – as a photographer, gallery owner, collector and exhibition organiser.

In order to secure his life's work and his extensive photo collection in perpetuity and to enable active, scientific and creative handling of his entire photographic legacy, he established the F.C. Gundlach Foundation in 2000, whose purpose is to promote art, science and research in the field of photography, in particular 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 Hamburg; his collection "The Image of Man in Photography" forms the basis of the house's collections as a permanent loan. The then director of the Deichtorhallen Zdenek Felix gave a first insight into the diversity and quality of the collection with the exhibition A Clear Vision (2003).