Beauty in the 21st century. For the first time the exhibition and the book turn out the elite of fashion photography and place it in an artistic creative frame.
From the end of September 2006 until the beginning of 2007, a second exhibition from the F. C. Gundlach Collection "The Image of Men in Photography" will be presented, this time from the point of view of the collector himself.
This second presentation from the collection makes visible the changing character of the medium photography as a contemporary witness of time. It lays accent on fashion and the shifting perception of the photographed. A main focus is therefore represented by photographs that reflect the image of the person in the medium of their outer appearance – thus of their fashions and modes, their poses, their facial expressions and movements, their gestures. The definition of fashion underlying the collection as the spirit of the age concurrently demands a consideration of those photographs too that are not to be interpreted as fashion photographs in the narrow sense, but that reflect the contemporary witnessing of time.
The exhibition "The Heartbeat of Fashion" shows photographs of the period from 1860 up into the year 2006 with, among others, works by the artists Hill and Adamson, Madame d’Ora, George Hoyningen-Huene, Yva, Regina Relang, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Herlinde Koelble, Petere Lindbergh.
Above all it is supposed to reflect the concept behind the collection as well as showcase examples – not necessarily chronologically – of the history of fashion photography in the widest sense.
The first major catalog covering the F. C. Gundlach Collection, which has been held since 2003 by the newly conceived Haus der Photographie in the Deichtorhallen, will be presented by high-grade 4c illustrations, mainly as full-page reproductions and covering all the exhibits. Essays by Boris von Brauchitsch on the fashion photography of George Hoyningen-Huene, and by Peter V. Brinkemper on the "vestment-based” discourse on modern fashion photography round out the catalog, elaborately designed by Harald Richter. F. C. Gundlach offers a comprehensive introduction to the exhibition concept, and Ingo Taubhorn concludes with an amusing text collage on fashion photography in-between the art business and commercial commitment.
The hard-cover English-language catalog will be brought out by Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld/Leipzig and has 312 pages. A German-language edition will appear at the same time.
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