Biography


Cathleen Naundorf is member of Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders.

Cathleen Naundorf is an Art director and photographer who studied painting and photography.

Naundorf has traveled extensively since the early 90’s for renowned publishing houses around the world. Specialising in photo reportage and fascinated by ethnic groups, she worked with native tribes like the Yanomami in Amazon, with the Mongols and Kazakhstani in the Altai Mountain, and several editions with the Shamans in Yakutia, Sibiria.

Inspired by her encounter and longstanding friendship with Horst P. Horst, Cathleen Naundorf became interested in fashion photography. Living and working in France, in 1997 Naundorf started photographing backstage at Paris fashion shows for Condé Nast.

Since 2000 she is working with analog large format cameras using mostly negativ films or Polaroids.

During the period of 2005 to 2011 Cathleen Naundorf worked on a series titled; “Un rêve de mode ”, which focused on couture houses; CHANEL, Dior, Gaultier, Valentino, Saab, Lacroix and Philip Treacy. Thanks to her outstanding photographs, Cathleen Naundorf had the privileged access to these couturiers collections for her elaborate and cinematic productions for seven years. This very large work got published in “The Polaroids of Catheen Naundorf “ Prestel 2012.

Since 2011 Catheen Naundorf has been working privately with Mr. Valentino Garavani on several projects, like “An Italian story” and “The NY City ballet”.

2016 Cathleen Naundorf received the American Photography Award.

The 2018 publication of “Women of Singular beauty – CHANEL Haute Couture by Cathleen Naundorf” Rizzoli, celebrated over 15 years of Naundorf’s collaboration with the legendary fashion house CHANEL.

Naundorf’s work has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, National Geographic or Condé Nast. With her photographs being internationally collected and exhibited worldwide in galleries and museums.

Cathleen Naundorf’s artistic photographs are represented by the Hamiltons Gallery, London and Holden Luntz, Palm Beach.

Naundorf is living and working in Paris and London.

Work in collections

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM, NEW YORK

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON

MUSEE MALMAISON, FRANCE

GRAND PALAIS, FRANCE

MUSEE RODIN, FRANCE

PATRIMOINE CHANEL, FRANCE

FAMILY GUY WILDENSTEIN

FAMILY KRAEMER

VALENTINO CARAVANI

NICOLA ERNI COLLECTION

SUSANNE VON MEISS COLLECTION

JEAN JACQUES NEUER