F.C. Gundlach (Franz Christian Gundlach) born 16. July 1926 in Heinebach, Hessen is photographer, gallery owner, collector, curator and founder. Since September 2003 he is the Founding Director of the House of Photography in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.
From 1946 to 1949 he visited the Private Lehranstalt für Moderne Lichtbildkunst of Rolf W. Nehrdich in Kassel. Since 1949 he mainly published theatre and film reportages as a freelance photographer for magazines such as Deutsche Illustrierte, Stern, Quick and Revue.
In 1953 he began his specialisation in fashion photography journalism-style with his work for the Hamburg magazine Film und Frau. He mainly photographed the fashion of Berlin fashion designers, Parisian Haute Couture and always fur campaigns. A further focus of his work was on fashion reportages with film stars in fashion and artist portraits among whom were Romy Schneider, Hildegard Knef, Dieter Borsche and Jean-Luc Godard.
Since then, F.C. Gundlach has gone on fashion and reportage travels to the Middle and Far East as well as Central and South America for magazines like Film und Frau, Stern, Annabelle and Twen. Until 1983 he photographed many of the trend-setting fashion pieces within the framework of an exclusive contract with the magazine Brigitte. Location travels led him to South America, to Africa, but most of all to New York and the American West Coast in the 1970s and 80s.
F.C. Gundlach’s fashion photographs of the 1950s, 60s and 70s that dealt again and again with social phenomena and current trends in visual arts, achieved iconic status, left their original context behind them and found their way into museums and collections.