Cathleen Naundorf - Shadow of the Jade Empire
Cathleen Naundorf
Shadow of the Jade Empire
C-Type Color Photograph
2013
45 1/2 x 32 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - Jeanne d'Arc III - Hubert Barrère, Haute Couture Collection
Cathleen Naundorf
Jeanne d'Arc III - Hubert Barrère, Haute Couture Collection
C-Type Color Photograph
2010, Printed 2013
40 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - La Fille en Platre XI, Paris Dior, Haute Couture 2007
Cathleen Naundorf
La Fille en Platre XI, Paris Dior, Haute Couture 2007
C-Type Color Photograph
2007
41 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - L’arche de Noé XLI, Rollande, Haute Couture, Summer 2015
Cathleen Naundorf
L’arche de Noé XLI, Rollande, Haute Couture, Summer 2015
C-Type Color Photograph
2015
35 x 51 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf -La Fille en Platre IV, Paris Dior, Haute Couture 2007
Cathleen Naundorf
La Fille en Platre IV, Paris Dior, Haute Couture 2007
C-Type Color Photograph
2009
67 x 43 inches

Signed, titled, dated, editioned 1/10 on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - L’arche de Noé XLII, Valentino, Haute Couture, Summer 2015
Cathleen Naundorf
L’arche de Noé XLII, Valentino, Haute Couture, Summer 2015
C-Type Color Photograph
2015
51 x 35 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - 4pm in London, Philip Treacy, Haute Couture Underwear
Cathleen Naundorf
4pm in London, Philip Treacy, hat / Cadolle (lingerie) Haute Couture 2009
C-Type Color Photograph
2009, Printed later
51 x 35 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 2/10 on artist's label on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - La Vie en Rose, Haute Couture, Lacroix Collection, Winter 20
Cathleen Naundorf
La Vie en Rose, Haute Couture, Lacroix Collection, Winter 2004/05
C-Type Color Photograph
2005
43 x 32 inches

Signed, titled, dated, editioned 1/10, and stamped on label affixed on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - L’arche de Noé XLV, Gaultier, Haute Couture, Summer 2015
Cathleen Naundorf
L’arche de Noé XLV, Gaultier, Haute Couture, Summer 2015
C-Type Color Photograph
2015
35 x 51 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - The Evolution of Fashion I, Dior - Haute Couture Winter 2004
Cathleen Naundorf
The Evolution of Fashion I, Dior - Haute Couture Winter 2004
C-Type Color Photograph
2010
43 x 32 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - The Last Sitting II, Dior - HC Winter, 2011
Cathleen Naundorf
The Last Sitting II, Dior - HC Winter, 2011
C-Type Color Photograph
2011
Image: 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches, Paper: 26 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 5/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf -L'arche de Noé XXXIX, Stephane Rolland - HC Summer, 2015
Cathleen Naundorf
L'arche de Noé XXXIX, Stephane Rolland - HC Summer, 2015
C-Type Color Photograph
2015
32 x 45 1/2 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf -L'arche de Noé XLIII, Elie Saab - HC Summer, 2014
Cathleen Naundorf
L'arche de Noé XLIII, Elie Saab - HC Summer, 2014
C-Type Color Photograph
2015
45 1/2 x 32 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - "The White Garden," Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture
Cathleen Naundorf
"The White Garden," Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture Collection Winter 2009
C-Type Color Photograph
2009
45 1/2 x 32 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - Sweet Sleep, Paris Ellie Saab, Haute Couture 2012
Cathleen Naundorf
Sweet Sleep, Paris Ellie Saab, Haute Couture 2012
C-Type Color Photograph
2010
31 x 43 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/10 on verso. Artist blind stamp.

Cathleen Naundorf - My Little Darling, Dior, Haute Couture, Winter 2006
Cathleen Naundorf
My Little Darling, Dior, Haute Couture, Winter 2006
C-Type Color Photograph
2009
43 1/4 x 31 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated, editioned 4/10 on label affixed to verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - La fille en platre VII,  Dior by John Galliano
Cathleen Naundorf
La fille en Platre VII, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture Collection Summer 2007
C-Type Color Photograph
2009
51 x 35 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - La Parisienne II, Paris, Dior Haute Couture
Cathleen Naundorf
La Parisienne II, Paris, Dior Haute Couture
C-Type Color Photograph
2010
20 x 24 inches, Paper Size 19 3/4 x 29 3/8

Signed, titled, date printed, edition 6/10 and artist's copyright stamp labeled on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - La fille en platre III,  Dior by John Galliano
Cathleen Naundorf
La fille en platre III, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture Collection summer 2007
C-Type Color Photograph
2009, Printed 2009
68 x 50 inches

Signed, titled, date printed and edition # 1/3 on artist's label on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Le Dernier Été, Haute Couture
Cathleen Naundorf
Le Dernier Éte, Dior, Haute Couture, Winter 2009
C-Type Color Photograph
2010
25 1/2 x 21 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 3/10 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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