The exhibition "F.C. Gundlach. Visionnaire" at the noir blanche Galerie für Fotografie shows photographs taken between 1962 and 1966 that are now icons of this period. In the final phase of preparations for this exhibition, this exceptional photographer and special person died on July 23 at the age of 95.
Photo F.C. Gundlach © F.C. Gundlach Foundation
"Star photographer F.C. Gundlach reports from Paris!" was the headline of the Deutsche Illustrierte in 1955 and showed the latest creations of Parisian haute couture on three double pages. Christian Dior had just presented his Y-line, Hubert de Givenchy and Jacques Fath showed dense button-fronts and brocade.
Just three years later, things looked very different: "Young men make young fashion" - F.C. Gundlach's pictorial report on the 1958 Paris spring collection focused on the avant-garde: Guy Laroche, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint-Laurent heralded a new era with their designs, which led to the fashion houses' first Prêt à Porter collections in the mid-1960s.
Always on the pulse of the times, F.C. Gundlach was enthusiastic about the fresh, graphic designs and the clear lines of fashion. With his unerring photographic eye, he staged sporty designs by Pierre Cardin, André Courrèges, Yves Saint-Laurent, Nina Ricci in the studio and on the streets of Paris.
The 1960s! For F.C. Gundlach, they were the decisive decade of the 20th century. Emancipation and the pill, the Beatles and Op Art, the student movement and a new openness in thinking changed society. This was accompanied by a new demand on fashion. It had to be sporty and dynamic. It had to be elegant and modern. F.C. Gundlach reflected these wishes in his photographs - contemporary and timeless at the same time.