F.C. Gundlach (Franz Christian Gundlach, born 16. July 1926 in Heinebach, died 23. July 2021 in Hamburg) was a photographer, gallery owner, collector, curator, teacher and founder. In September 2003, he became the Founding Director of the House of Photography in Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
His fashion photography of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, which deals with social phenomena and current trends in the visual arts, achieved iconic status, left its original context behind and found its way into museums and collections.
As a fashion photographer who uses the recording medium for his productions, the photographer must live, think and feel in his time. Fashion photographs are always interpretations and stagings. They reflect and visualize the present zeitgeist and anticipate tomorrow's spirit. They offer projection screens for identification but also dreams, wishes and desires. And yet fashion photographs often say more about a time than documentary photographs pretending to have depicted reality.
F.C. Gundlach at the opening ofF.C. Gundlach. The Photographic Work at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin 2009
F.C. Gundlach was active as a producer of renowned national and international exhibition projects, promoter of young photographic talents, preserver of extraordinary photographic estates, consultant, and visionary in the sense of the medium of photography.
July 16, 1926, Born in Heinebach/Germany
Parents Heinrich Gundlach (1894-1954) and Katharina Gundlach (1896-1968) run the restaurantZum Löwenin Heinebach; 1929 birth of brother Gerhard.
1936 The first camera, an Agfa Box with automatic release
1938 Installation of a darkroom
1936-1943 Jacob Grimm Grammar School, Rotenburg/Fulda
1947-1949 Training as a photographer at the Private Lehranstalt für Moderne Lichtbildkunst (Private School for Modern Photography) under Rolf W. Nehrdich in Kassel
1949-1953 Worked as an assistant in various studios: Hollywood studios (Photo-Labor Ernst O. Keller) in Wiesbaden
Studio Ingeborg Hoppe in Stuttgart
Until 1953 freelance assistant to Harry Meerson in Paris
Since 1949 publications in radio and TV magazines such asFilm Revue,Funk-IllustrierteandGong
Star portraits, reportages and fashion reports in magazines such as Elegante Welt,Film und FrauundStern
1950 First travels to France
1951 ExhibitionF.C. Gundlachat the Librairie Jean Robert, Paris
1952 Business registration in Stuttgart as "photojournalist"
Founding of Studio 50
Publications in radio and fashion magazines also under the pseudonymsStudio 50,Fenner-FotoandDavidis, advertising photography for Heinzelmann and other clients.
1953 Start of intensive collaboration withFilm und Frau, for which he photographed more than 100 covers and over 2,500 pages in the editorial fashion section until 1966
1956 Moves to Hamburg
1954-1966 Besides working forFilm and Frau, assignments forConstanze,Stern,Quickand other magazines
Location trips to Africa and Asia as well as North, Central and South America
Advertising for Jobis, Maris, IWS and fur companies like Saga, Thompson, Berger
Since 1955 cooperation with Deutsche Lufthansa, photography on the opening flights to North America, South America with the Super Constellation and many other flights.
1963 Start of intensive cooperation withBrigitte, for which he photographed more than 180 cover pictures and over 5500 pages of editorial fashion section until 1986
1966 Exclusive contract withBrigitte
1966-1986 Location trips to Africa, Asia, and North and South America
In addition to working forBrigitte, publications inAnnabelle,Revueand other journals
Advertising photography for Falke Fashion, Van Delden, Sinz and others
1967 Founding ofCC(Creative Color)
1971 Founding ofPPS.(Professional Photo Service) as a service company for photographers with b/w and colour laboratories, equipment retail, rental studios and specialist bookshops
1976 Foundation ofCCD GalerieandPPS. Galerie F.C. Gundlach, one of the first photo galleries in Germany, presenting around 200 thematic and monographic exhibitions until 1992
1988 Appointment as Professor at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin
Since 1989 curator for photo historical and photo theoretical exhibitions
1992 Sale of the PPS. group of companies
1993 Foundation of the Arbeitskreis Photographie in Hamburg, organisation of exhibitions and symposia
1999 Initiator of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg
2000 Establishment of the F.C. Gundlach Foundation with the aim of maintaining, exhibiting and expanding the photography collection "The Image of Mankind in Photography", which had been built up since 1975, as well as his own work
2002 2nd Triennial of Photography Hamburg
2003 Appointment as founding director for the House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Loan of the F.C. Gundlach Collection to the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
2004 Conversion of the southern Deichtorhalle
2005 3rd Triennial of Photography Hamburg
Reopening of the House of Photography with the exhibitionMartin Munkacsi - Think while you shoot!
4th Triennial of Photography Hamburg
2008 Retrospective exhibition F.C. Gundlach - The photographic Work in the House of Photography
5th Triennial of Photography
2015The medium is entitled to provide food for thought, CFA Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
6th Triennial of Photography
2016Peter Keetman - Shaping the Worldat Museum Folkwang Essen and House of Photography Hamburg
2017Peter Keetman - Shaping the Worldin the Kunstfoyer Munich
23. July 2021 Died in Hamburg
HONOURS AND AWARDS
1972 Appointed to the German Society for Photography (DGPh)
1976 - 1996 Board member of the German Society of Photography (DGPh)
1976 - 1987 Board member of the Professional Association of Freelance Photo-Designers (BFF)
1980 Appointment as a member of the German Photographic Academy (DFA)
1988 Honorary Board member of the Professional Association of Freelance Photo-Designers (BFF)
1996 Golden Honorary Pin of the German Society for Photography (DGPh)
1997 Federal Cross of Merit with ribbon
1998 Golden George Eastman Medal for outstanding services to German photography
2000 honorary professorship at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts
2000 Appointment to the Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg
2000 - 2003 Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsches Centrum für Photographie Berlin
2001 Culture Prize of the German Society for Photography (DGPh)
2006 Medal for Art and Science of the Hamburg Parliament