Cathleen Naundorf - Les Deux Camelia Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld
Cathleen Naundorf
Les Deux Camelia, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture Collection Summer 2009
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009
24 x 20 Inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 3/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - Untitled, Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection 2007
Cathleen Naundorf
Untitled, Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, printed 2010
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 9/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - Valentino en Rose, Valentino - Haute Couture, Winter 2007
Cathleen Naundorf
Valentino en Rose, Valentino - Haute Couture, Winter 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2007
71 1/2 x 56 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 3/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Mimi San,  Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture Collection
Cathleen Naundorf
Mimi San, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture Collection summer 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2011
51 x 35 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 1/5 and artist's copyright stamp on labels affixed on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf -La Fille en Platre VIII, Paris Dior, Haute Couture 2007
Cathleen Naundorf
La Fille en Platre VIII, Paris Dior, Haute Couture 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009
76 x 57 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 4/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - "Paradise Bird," Paris - Chanel Haute Couture Collection 200
Cathleen Naundorf
Paradise Bird, Paris - Chanel Haute Couture Collection 2006
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, printed 2010
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 4/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - La fille en platre, Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection
Cathleen Naundorf
La Fille en Platre, Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, printed 2009
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - La Libellue, Paris - Gaultier Haute Couture Collection 200
Cathleen Naundorf
La Libellue, Paris - Gaultier Haute Couture Collection 2008
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, Printed 2010
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 3/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - La Mariee I, Paris - Gaultier Haute Couture Collection 200
Cathleen Naundorf
La Mariee I, Paris - Gaultier Haute Couture Collection 2008
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, printed 2010
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf, The Evolution of Fashion II
Cathleen Naundorf
The Evolution of Fashion II, Paris, Dior Haute Couture, 2004
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
47 x 35 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 4/10 on verso. Artist blind stamp.

Cathleen Naundorf - "L'amour Passionel IV", Paris - Boucheron Haute Joailleryie
Cathleen Naundorf
L'amour Passionel IV, Paris - Boucheron Haute Joailleryie Collection 2010
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010, Printed 2011
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - La Doce Vita II, Paris - Valentino Haute Couture Collectio
Cathleen Naundorf
La Doce Vita II, Paris - Valentino Haute Couture Collection 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2007, Printed 2013
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - L'abeille, Paris - Elie Saab Haute Couture Collection 2007
Cathleen Naundorf
L'abeille, Paris - Elie Saab Haute Couture Collection 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, printed 2009
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 3/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - Like a Painting, Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection 200
Cathleen Naundorf
Like a Painting, Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection 2004
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, printed 2010
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 2/15 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - The Soul, Paris - Chanel Haute Couture Collection 2008
Cathleen Naundorf
The Soul, Paris - Chanel Haute Couture Collection 2008
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, printed 2008
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 3/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - "Camille III," Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection 2010
Cathleen Naundorf
Camille III, Paris - Dior Haute Couture Collection 2010
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2004, printed 2013
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - L'amour perdu, Paris
Cathleen Naundorf
L'amour Perdu, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010, Printed 2011
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, date, date printed, location, edition # 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - L'arche de Noe VIII, Paris Dior - Philip Treacy
Cathleen Naundorf
L'arche de Noe VIII, Paris Dior - Philip Treacy, Haute Couture 2012
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
33 x 43 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 3/10 and artist's copyright stamp on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - L'arche de Noe XVII, Paris Dior - Philip Treacy Hat
Cathleen Naundorf
L'arche de Noe XVII, Paris Dior - Philip Treacy Hat, Haute Couture 2012
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 7/10 and artist's copyright stamp on verso.

Cathleen NaundorfL'Arche de Noe XXVIII, Paris Alexis Mabille, Haute Couture 2012
Cathleen Naundorf
L'Arche de Noe XXVIII, Paris Alexis Mabille, Haute Couture 2012
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
35 x 51 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - L’arche de Noé XXXIII, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Summer 2014
Cathleen Naundorf
L’arche de Noé XXXIII, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Summer 2014
C-Type Color Photograph
2014
35 x 51 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf L'Arche de Noe XXXVII, Paris Stéphane Rolland, Haute Couture 2
Cathleen Naundorf
L'Arche de Noe XXXVII, Paris Stéphane Rolland, Haute Couture 2012
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
35 x 51 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, numbered (edition of 10) and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf -La Donna Rossa, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 2002
Cathleen Naundorf
La Donna Rossa, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 2002
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
32 x 43 inches

Signed, titled, dated, editioned 4/10, and stamped on label for verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - L’arche de Noé XXXV, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Winter
Cathleen Naundorf
L’arche de Noé XXXV, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Winter 2014/2015
C-Type Color Photograph
2014
35 x 51 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Just Like a Dream, Stephane Rolland - HC Summer, 2014
Cathleen Naundorf
Just Like a Dream, Stephane Rolland - HC Summer, 2014
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
Image: 23 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches, Paper: 27 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - L'enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture Collect
Cathleen Naundorf
L'enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture Collection summer 2003
C-Type Color Photograph
2007
67 x 43 Inches

Signed, titled, dated, editioned 1/3 on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - La Parisienne I, Dior - Haute Couture Winter 2009
Cathleen Naundorf
La Parisienne I, Dior - Haute Couture Winter 2009
C-Type Color Photograph
2010
43 x 32 Inches

Signed, titled, dated, editioned 2/10, and stamped on label for verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Just Like a Dream, Chanel - HC Summer, 2014
Cathleen Naundorf
Just Like a Dream, Chanel - HC Summer, 2014
C-Type Color Photograph
2014
Image: 23 1/2 x 17 inches, Paper: 27 1/2 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Just Like a Dream, Valentino - HC Summer, 2014
Cathleen Naundorf
Just Like a Dream, Valentino - HC Summer, 2014
C-Type Color Photograph
2014
Image: 23 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches, Paper: 26 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Just Like a Dream, Stephane Rolland - HC Summer, 2014
Cathleen Naundorf
Just Like a Dream, Stephane Rolland - HC Summer, 2014
C-Type Color Photograph
2015
45 1/2 x 32 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Just Like a Dream, Gaultier - HC Summer, 2014
Cathleen Naundorf
Just Like a Dream, Gaultier - HC Summer, 2014
C-Type Color Photograph
2014
Image: 23 1/2 x 17 inches, Paper: 26 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - The Last Sitting III, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Winter 2011
Cathleen Naundorf
The Last Sitting III, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Winter 2011-Grand Palais, Paris
C-Type Color Photograph
2011
35 x 51 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 1/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Shadow of the Jade Empire
Cathleen Naundorf
Shadow of the Jade Empire
C-Type Color Photograph
2013
Image: 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches, Paper: 26 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Le Signe de VenusI, Georgio Armani Haute Couture Winter 2011
Cathleen Naundorf
Le Signe de VenusI, Georgio Armani Haute Couture Winter 2011
C-Type Color Photograph
2011
51 x 35 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 1/5 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf -Shadow of the Jade Empire
Cathleen Naundorf
Shadow of the Jade Empire
C-Type Color Photograph
2013
Image: 23 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches, Paper: 26 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 2/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf creates fashion photographs in dream-like settings with an elegant and Old World aesthetic. Documentary representation is less important than an overall atmospheric, pictorial effect. The stunning and unique haute couture designs in Naundorf’s work are a result of her being privileged with an almost unlimited access to the archives of such haute couture houses as Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Lacroix, Armani, Saab, and Gaultier. As the artistic director for each of her shoots, she develops each concept herself and constructs interesting “mise-en-scenes” in historic, cultural, architectural, or garden settings in cities worldwide such as Paris, London, and Bangkok.

Since the end of the 1990s she has found a process that is painterly and dovetails the unpredictable beauty of the fashion which enthralls her. She uses an analog large-format camera by Deardorff or Plaubel along with Polaroid material or film. Unlike other fashion photographers who utilize Polaroids as preliminarily visual studies, Naundorf uses them as the final image and hand prints her black and white photographs as silver gelatin photographs. A further defining trademark of Naundorf’s work is that she created her own technique of Polaroid transfer giving the picture surfaces a quality that includes various markings and irregular abraded patches of color. The final photographs are rich with the saturated color and particular surface densities that are typical in unique Polaroids. They have a constructed visual patina to suggest the passing of time and appear to have had a past life belonging to a “grand age” of elegance and design, while the unique quality of Polaroid photos is played off the notion of the exclusivity of haute couture designs. She has found a way of capitalizing on the creations of the Great Masters of 20th century fashion with an imaginative and unique way of bringing the work to life by also suspending the work in elegant, mysterious, and temporal settings.

Cathleen Naundorf was born in the divided Germany of 1968. Her home of Weißenfels was the same hometown as her famous photography mentor, Horst P. Horst, who she consistently references in her work. Although she grew up in East Germany, Naundorf was able to move to Munich to study painting and photography. She apprenticed as a photo assistant in New York, Singapore, and Paris and was later commissioned by Glamour and Vogue quickly becoming one of the leading high fashion photographers. She brought a steady intelligence and elegance to the world of fashion photography. Naundorf’s reputation grew larger in 2005, when she began her series on haute couture fashion, focusing on the haute couture houses. She published these images in the book, Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf published by Prestel in 2012. Naundorf has been working privately with Valentino Garavani on several projects and has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, W, among others having had numerous exhibitions in Germany, the UK, Spain, and the USA. She won the American Photography Award in 2016. Naundorf lives in Paris and London and she continues to place her faith in the dramatic power of pure beauty and elegance.

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