The Photographic Work.
Photographs by F.C. Gundlach.
Steidl & Partners, 2012. 304 pp., 550 illustrations, 9½x11¾".
This definitive monograph brings together Gundlach’s fashion work for the first time and establishes him as a leading light of the industry. One of the most distinguished German fashion photographers of the post-war era, Gundlach placed fashion in the spotlight for 40 years, and wrote fashion history in the process. His work presents not only the history of clothing, but also the poses, gestures, props and locations, which have defined the changing idea of beauty over decades. Alongside this work, Gundlach also created emphatic portraits, reportages and travel photography.
Gundlach always considers himself a photographer on assignment, and his photographs for high-circulation magazines shaped the public's perception of fashion. Yet his black-and-white and color photography also captured the spirit of its time, embodying the optimism of the meager days after the war, trough op and pop art to the emergence of posmodernism.