Cathleen Naundorf

04.05.2012 in14:32 in Fashion, glamour -->


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Cathleen Naundorf was born in 1968 in Wei?enfels an der Saale. In the late 1980s she graduated from photography studies in Munich.She worked as a photo assistant in New York, Singapore and Paris in the following years, before she started traveling in 1993 to such destinations as Mongolia, Siberia, Gobi Desert and the Amazonas headwaters in Brazil. The results of these insightful pictures have been included in eight publications of renowned publishing houses.As of 1997, she started photographing for the Suddeutsche Zeitung with a fashion page of her own, as well as for Glamour and Vogue, for which she was commissioned to take pictures backstage at the Paris fashion shows.Since 2005, Cathleen Naundorf has worked on her haute couture series “Un reve de mode” focusing on six couture houses: Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Lacroix, Elie Saab and Valentino. Thanks to her outstanding pictures, Cathleen Naundorf got the privilege to choose gowns from the couturiers’ archives for her elaborate and cinematic productions. Part of her detailed set-up is also her free choice of models, locations and hair and make-up designers. All of these careful preparations are preceded by intensive research, which Cathleen Naundorf records in enchanting handmade journals in order to develop a storyboard: archive photos of couturiers, texts written by Naundorf and others as well as sketches of planned photo compositions. In addition, Cathleen Naundorf conducts personal interviews with the designers.Cathleen Naundorf passionately uses large format cameras for her work (Deardorff or Plaubel). The expensive Polaroid films with the format 4 x 5 und 8 x 10 inches, many of which are out of production, are unique items the photographer uses as a homage to the exceptionality of the haute couture dresses.A publication of Cathleen Naundorf’s haute couture series is scheduled for spring 2012.