Big Shots

Big Shots







November 15, 2019 – February 01, 2020


 Exhibiton «Big Shots» - Fotografic Icons of F.C. Gundlach


F.C. Gundlach is considered one of the greatest fashion photographers of his time. For more than four decades he captured fashion and people in his work and has influenced entire generations with his photography like no other. The gallery Petra Gut Contemporary shows the work of the influential photographer in the heart of Zurich.


At the age of ten F.C Gundlach gets his first camera as a gift. He collects autograph cards from stars and studies carefully the media coverage of the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung what determined him to see the world and to shape the image that people make out of it.





            F.C. Gundlach, „Grit Hübscher mit Pudel“, Grit Hübscher, Nerzstola of Heinz Oestergaard, 

Berlin 1955, ed. 1/3, 100 x 129 cm, Slivergelatine on baryt paper



After completing his training in Kassel, F.C. Gundlach works as a freelance photojournalist in Stuttgart and assists in the Hollywood studios in Wiesbaden. First star portraits, reportages and fashion reports appear in radio and television magazines. In 1950 he visits Paris for the first time. The glamorous courses of fashion cast a spell on him and would not let him go for the rest of his life.


From 1953 he photographed for the Film und Frau. It is not only the elegant fashion of the wellknown couturiers that he captures here, but also depicts the great movie stars of his time for home stories and portrait sessions. Jean-Luc Godard, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Hildegard Knef, Romy Schneider and Cary Grant are honored.






F.C. Gundlach, Romy mit Zigarette, Romy Schneider, Hamburg 1961,  ed. 6/7, 50 x 50 cm, Slivergelatine on baryt paper


From the mid-1950s F.C. Gundlach travels the whole world for his fashion campaigns: he creates the famous shots of the models with bathing caps in front of the pyramids, he photographed the ruins of the god towers of Angkor Wat and the futuristic architecture of Oscar Niemeyers Brasilia just as visionary and skillful as the black and white Op Art silhouettes of the Paris fashion houses Lend and Courrèges or the legendary Space Age look of Cardin.


F.C. Gundlach's idiosyncratic and memorable handwriting in combination with his form-reduced imagery led to image series in leading magazines such as Quick, Stern, Annabelle and Brigitte. He soon becomes one of the most sought-after photographers of the second half of the 20th century.


Whether portrait or fashion picture, in the center of F.C. Gundlach's photographic work is always the interest in the image of man. That is why F.C. Gundlach therefore photographing "big heads", as he calls this category within his work. The results are impressive portraits and close-ups that stand out for their incredible closeness to the photographed subject - classics of authentic beauty.




F.C. Gundlach, Brigitte Bauer, Op Art-Badeanzug of Sinz, Vouliagmeni, Greece

1966, ed. 1/3, 129 x 100 cm, Slivergelatine on baryt paper

As F.C. Gundlach puts the camera out of hand at the end of the 1980s, his pictures do not lose their meaning. Thanks to their clear and minimalist design, they work well beyond their context of creation. Many of them are now big icons of photography. Even today they are published by influential fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and L'Officiel and shown in exhibitions around the globe - from New York to Moscow, Beirut to Shenzhen. Some of them are in famous collections such as the J. Paul Getty Museum.


Gallery Petra Gut Contemporary

Gallery Petra Gut Contemporary

Petra Gut Contemporary will hold an opening reception on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The curators of the F.C. Gundlach Foundation - Jasmin Seck and Natalja Aljasova will be present.


Time: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6-8 pm

Location: Gallery Petra Gut Contemporary, Nüschelerstrasse 31, 8001 Zurich


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Petra Gut Contemporary was founded in 2015 in the heart of Zurich. Today, the gallery represents internationally rising and established artists with a focus on photography, conceptual art and minimal art.


Opening hours: Wednesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm | Saturday: 11 am – 4 pm or by appointment by phone +41 (0) 44 422 40 69



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