Cathleen Naundorf, Camille III
Cathleen Naundorf
Camille III, Paris, Dior Haute Couture, 2005
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, La Dolce Vita II
Cathleen Naundorf
La Dolce Vita II, Paris, Valentino Haute Couture, 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2007
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, The News IV
Cathleen Naundorf
The News IV, Paris, Gaultier Haute Couture, 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, La Libellule
Cathleen Naundorf
La Libellule, Paris, Gaultier Haute Couture, 2008
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, La Mariee I
Cathleen Naundorf
La Mariee I, Paris, Gaultier Haute Couture, 2008
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2008
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, La Parisienne III
Cathleen Naundorf
La Parisienne III, Paris, Dior Haute Couture, 2009
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, La Platre
Cathleen Naundorf
La Fille en Platre, Paris, Dior, Haute Couture, 2007
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009
24 x 20 Inches

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

Dolly IV, Paris, Dior Haute Couture, 2005
Cathleen Naundorf
Dolly IV, Paris, Dior Haute Couture, 2005
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, Breakfast at Tiffany's I
Cathleen Naundorf
Breakfast at Tiffany's I, Paris, Philip Tracey (hat) & Hubert Barrere (dress), 2010
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010
24 x 20 Inches

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

Cathleen Naundorf, Ist all about fantasy I
Cathleen Naundorf
Ist all about fantasy I, Paris, Gaultier Haute Couture, 2008
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.