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Talking Germany

F.C. Gundlach, Photographer

F.C. Gundlach pioneered fashion photography in post World War II West Germany. He's now 86, and many of his photographs still enjoy iconic status.

Franz Christian Gundlach was born in 1926, in the village of Heinebach in Hessen, where his parents ran a restaurant. After passing his school-leaving exams during World War II, he enlisted in a Luftwaffe support unit in the last months of the war, and barely survived that time and his subsequent imprisonment. He spent a year and a half in a sanatorium recovering from the tuberculosis he had contracted. Afterwards he trained as a photographer against his father's wishes. He soon found widespread recognition with his austerely composed photographs for magazines such as Brigitte and Stern. He also organizes exhibitions and collects contemporary photography. To help establish the medium as an independent art form and make it accessible to a larger public, in 2003, he founded the International House of Photography in Hamburg. F. C. Gundlach lives in Hamburg and Berlin.