Whether Romy Schneider, Marchprinzessin Soraya, Zarah Leander or Hildegard KNEF – Franz Christian Gundlach, all only F.C. Gundlach called, she all got in front of his camera. And not only in poses on glamorous movies, but in simple black and female recordings, he managed to capture personal moments of the gross stars of the 1950s and 1960s. "Each portrate is a dialogue. When you summarize, it’s wonderful", said the photographer, collector and curator who died on Friday at the age of 95 years, once in the DPA interview.
Gundlach was based primarily thanks to his fashion photography. For a long time he photographed for the coarsign like "Film and woman" and "Brigitte". "I was always important to pick up impetus from art in the pictures." His stylistically reduced, avant-garde clearly composed photos became as itself to art works. Gundlach presented his mannequins in front of the Berlin Siegessaule, which in the war heavily destructed thought-mentioned church or the pyramids of Giza – and always reached the photographer the lines and forms of architecture that reflects in the present fashion and the poses of the models.
Not Romy, but Rosemarie
"To make a career, it requires threesome things: talent, flib and fortune. I had a lot of happiness", he said modest. What followed was an unprecedented career. "I have never been a paparazzi, I never had to be. I have been invited as a guest", He reminded himself at the Moonan Munchner Vilball. The secret of his success? "Always deal with each other. That creates trust, then you can do everything."
One of those stars who confided him blindly was Romy Schneider. Without make-up and assistant, the then 23-year-old came to the meeting with the photographer in his hamburger studio. "There were only my assistant, she and me – out", he remembered. Due to the personal atmosphere, she opened. "She was no longer Romy Schneider, but Rosemarie Albach. In the portrays I did about it then, their tragic fate is already visible." You have the segment that the actress is completely without "Sissi"-Showing cuteness, then orders dozenfach.
The darkroom, a miracle
The passion for photography has already been awakened as a child. "My uncle had a darkroom, that was a miracle for me." At the age of ten years he gave him the uncle "The famous black box", A simple Agfa box for Funf Mark. After training in Kassel he went attracted by the existentialist scene – to Paris, where he had his first exhibition in 1951.
In 1956 he overwhelmed to Hamburg. At that time the glamor came to Germany with the economic miracle. "And I had the luxury to fly overall where I wanted", Gundlach recalled, who also worked for Lufthansa.
At the end of the 1960s, Gundlach moved the pages and became one of the most successful photor entrepreneurs. Already in the 1970s he is the first photo gallery in Germany. Even early he worked with artists like Martin Kippenberger, Nan Goldin or Wolfgang Tillman. After selling his company, he started his third career as collectors and exhibition makers. With the appeal to the basic director of the house of the photograph, which he put his collection as a permanent loan for him, for him went "A dream in exploitation".
Appearance with death, the photographer did not know: Years ago he fell on the Ohlsdorfer cemetery building a mausoleum – on one side of the quadrangular cube is one of his famous photos in concrete is peasant: Bathing caps in front of the cheo pyramids.