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 - 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 - L'arche de Noé VIII - Dior, Haute Couture Collection
Cathleen Naundorf
L'arche de Noé VIII - Dior, Haute Couture Collection
C-Type Color Photograph
31 1/2 x 40 3/8 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 - Magic Garden II, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1967
Cathleen Naundorf
Magic Garden II, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1967
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
20 x 24 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf - La Fille en Platre III, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture
Cathleen Naundorf
La Fille en Platre III, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture, Collection Summer 2007
C-Type Color Photograph
2009, Printed 2010
29 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 7/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

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 - Atelier Couture, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Collection Summer
Cathleen Naundorf
Atelier Couture, Elie Saab, Haute Couture, Collection Summer 2006
C-Type Color Photograph
2006, Printed 2009
29 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 7/10 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - La Manée d'Orée, Haute Couture, Lacroix, Collection Winter 2
Cathleen Naundorf
La Manée d'Orée, Haute Couture, Lacroix, Collection Winter 2007
C-Type Color Photograph
2007, Printed 2009
24 x 19 5/8 inches

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

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

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

Cathleen Naundorf - L'arche de Noé XVIII - Dior, Haute Couture Collection
Cathleen Naundorf
L'Arche de Noe XVIII, Paris Dior, Haute Couture 2010
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/10 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

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 2/10 on verso.

Magic Garden IV, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1988
Cathleen Naundorf
Magic Garden IV, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1988
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
20 x 24 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf -The Portrait of a Lady, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 20
Cathleen Naundorf
The Portrait of a Lady, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 2001
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
20 x 24 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf -The Bird Tower II, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1968
Cathleen Naundorf
The Bird Tower II, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1968
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
20 x 24 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf -The Bird Tower III, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1968
Cathleen Naundorf
The Bird Tower III, Widewille Valentino, Haute Couture 1968
C-Type Color Photograph
2012
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/10 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 -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
43 x 30 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/10 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 - The Crying Game, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture Collec
Cathleen Naundorf
The Crying Game, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture Collection, Summer 2008
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, Printed 2010
38 x 49 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 4/5 and artist's copyright stamp on print verso. Artist's blind stamp on recto.

Cathleen Naundorf - Hommage to Horst P. Horst, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute C
Cathleen Naundorf
Hommage to Horst P. Horst, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture, Collection Summer 2006
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008, Printed 2011
51 x 35 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, date printed, edition # 2/5 and artist's copyright stamp on labels affixed on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf - Mimi San, Dior by John Galliano, Haute Couture Collection su
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, Madame Au Chatelet
Cathleen Naundorf
Madame Au Chatelet, Paris, Dior, Haute Couture 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2007
43 x 30 Inches

Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 3/10 on verso.

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, Untitled, Paris
Cathleen Naundorf
Untitled, Paris, Dior, Haute Couture, 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009
43 x 30 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, La Fille en Platre VIII
Cathleen Naundorf
La Fille en Platre VIII, Paris, Dior, Haute Couture, 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009
70 1/2 x 56 Inches

Signed, titled, dated, and numbered 3/10 on verso.

Cathleen Naundorf, Valentino en Rose
Cathleen Naundorf
Valentino en Rose, Paris, Valentino, Haute Couture, 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2007
70 1/2 x 56 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, Le Cocon I
Cathleen Naundorf
Le Cocon I, Paris, Chanel Haute Couture, 2010
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, A Touch of Glamour II
Cathleen Naundorf
A Touch of Glamour II, Paris, Chanel Haute Couture, 2010
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Les Deux Camelias, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture Collection, Winter 2009
Cathleen Naundorf
Les Deux Camelias, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture Collection, Winter 2009
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2009
24 x 19 7/8 inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, The Soul
Cathleen Naundorf
The Soul, Paris, Chanel Haute Couture, 2008
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, Paris 6 PM I
Cathleen Naundorf
Paris 6 PM I, Paris, Haute Couture Chanel, 2010
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, The Feather of Chanel
Cathleen Naundorf
The Feather of Chanel, Paris, Chanel Haute Couture, 2010
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

The First Supper IV, Paris, Dior Haute Couture, 2006
Cathleen Naundorf
The First Supper IV, Paris, Dior Haute Couture, 2006
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Haute Couture:
The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf

02/01/2014 - 02/22/2014

INSTALLATION IMAGES

Cathleen Naundorf creates fashion photos in dream-like atmospheres with an elegant and Old World aesthetic. Documentary representation takes a back seat in favor of an atmospheric pictorial effect. The stunning and unique haute couture designs in her work are a result of her being virtually the only fashion photographer to have almost unlimited access to the archives of such fashion houses as Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Lacroix, Armani, and Gaultier. With a small team of assistants, make-up artists and hairdressers she constructs interesting ‘mise-en-scenes’ in historic, cultural, architectural, or garden settings. Naundorf continues to place her faith in the dramatic power of pure beauty and elegance.

Since the end of the 1990s she has found a process that is painterly and dovetails the unpredictable beauty of the fashion which fascinates her. She uses an analog large-format camera by Deardorff or Plaubel along with Polaroid film. Unlike other fashion photographers who used Polaroids as preliminarily visual studies, Naundorf outputs the Polaroids into new negatives to produce her enlargements. Whether she is working in black and white, as silver gelatin prints, or in color, as C-type prints, the end pictures are rich with the saturated color and particular surface densities that are typical in unique Polaroids. A further defining trademark of Naundorf’s work is that the picture surfaces display various marks, scratches, and irregular abraded patches of color. The pictures have a constructed visual patina to suggest the passing of time. The images appear to have had a past life and belong to a “grand age” of elegance and design. 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 including bracketing or suspending the work in elegant, mysterious, and temporal settings.

Cathleen Naundorf was born in the divided Germany of 1968. Her home of Weisenfells 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. She was later commissioned by Glamour and Vogue and quickly became 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 six fashion houses. She recently published these images in the book, Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf. She regularly works for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, W, among others and has had numerous exhibitions in Germany, France, the UK, Spain, and the USA. She has made Paris her home over the last decade.