Ever since photography began capturing the moments of life, photographers became the artists who defined their age. The esteemed photographer, gallery owner, curator, collector and founder, Franz Christian Gundlach, has made a grand contribution to the art of photography. He is the Founding Director of the House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the founder of the F.C. Gundlach Foundation which promotes the cultural value of photography as well as the art, science and research in the field of photography.
F.C. Gundlach is the foremost photographer of his generation. Born in 1926, in Hessen Germany, F.C Gundlach is known as the finest West German fashion photographer of the early post-war period. His work demonstrates excellent photographic technique and artistic refinement. The portraits, fashion photos, architectural and photojournalist images are expressed in a clever, concise epigrammatic style.
Throughout his distinguished career, F.C. Gundlach worked for various magazines such as Film and Frau, Stern, Quick, Revue, Annabelle and Brigitte. He photographed the fashion of Berlin, the haute-couture of Paris, and also worked on photo reportages of film stars and portraits of legendary artists. As a photojournalist he travelled the world and his glamorous works became known around the globe.
F.C. Gundlach exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and in his own PPS Gallery. In the eighties, he began collecting works of other great photographers. About his collection, F.C. Gundlach says: “Collecting is a creative act, a method of self-awareness and a possibility to participate in the passions of another.” Featured in the collection are works by photographers of the last and current century.
F.C. Gundlach Foundation, established in 2000 by F.C. Gundlach, focuses on the cultural achievement, and social importance of photography: “From the outset, the image of man has been subject of photographic producing. Of particular importance are those photographic pictures that disclose, beyond their being historical documents, new perspectives on human dignity and vulnerability.” The Foundation is in charge of F.C. Gundlach’s renowned collection, which presents the photographic work of our time.