Photography

Von Wangenheim, Chris (1942 - 1981)

Having migrated to New York to learn photography, in 1965, the German photographer opened its own studio a year later and was promptly collaborating with fashion’s most prestigious publications. Society evolving with a new generation of liberated women emerging and the punk movement rising, Chris von Wangenheim belonged to the group of photographers such as Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton who dared to combine sexuality and violence in their images. The son of an aristocratic German officer imprisoned during World War II, he shared with mentor, Helmut Newton, the strong influence and trauma of his roots and thus captured a decadent feel dear to the Weimar Republic and the Expressionist cinema. One can nonetheless believe Chris von Wangenheim represented a more debauched and cruel narrative - ‘the violence is in our culture, so why shouldn’t it be in our pictures?’ Combining seduction and glamour alongside terror and intrigue, the photographer assumed an almost sadistic sexism: ‘I realized that getting my picture was more important to me than the discomfort of someone not understanding or someone's opposition to my goals.’ It is ironic today to observe that one of his favorite models was Gia Carangi. Both indeed became the charismatic victims of the excessive and decadent society they depicted: on one side, Chris von Wangenheim died from a car crash and on the other, Gia Carangi passed away from an overdose.

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Chris Von Wangenheim, 70's Christian Dior Ad Campaign
Chris Von Wangenheim, 70's Christian Dior Ad Campaign
Chris Von Wangenheim, 70's Christian Dior Ad Campaign
Chris Von Wangenheim, 70's Christian Dior Ad Campaign
Chris Von Wangenheim, Christian Dior Ad for Sunglass 2, 1976
Chris Von Wangenheim, Christian Dior Ad for Sunglass 2, 1976
Chris Von Wangenheim, Christian Dior Ad for Sunglass, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Christian Dior Ad for Sunglass, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Christian Dior Campaign,  Lisa Taylor, 1977
Chris Von Wangenheim, Christian Dior Campaign, Lisa Taylor, 1977
Chris Von Wangenheim, Eva Voorhis, 1979
Chris Von Wangenheim, Eva Voorhis, 1979
Chris Von Wangenheim, Fetching is your Dior, Lisa Taylor, Christian Dior Campain, 1976
Chris Von Wangenheim, Fetching is your Dior, Lisa Taylor, Christian Dior Campain, 1976
Chris Von Wangenheim, Grace Jones with Leopard, 1977
Chris Von Wangenheim, Grace Jones with Leopard, 1977
Chris Von Wangenheim, Helmut Newton photographing on the beach, St. Tropez, 1970s
Chris Von Wangenheim, Helmut Newton photographing on the beach, St. Tropez, 1970s
Chris Von Wangenheim, Lisa Taylor for Vogue US, 2004
Chris Von Wangenheim, Lisa Taylor for Vogue US, 2004
Chris Von Wangenheim, Marina Schiano, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Marina Schiano, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Untitled, New York, 1965
Chris Von Wangenheim, Untitled, New York, 1965
Chris Von Wangenheim, Patti Hansen, 1981
Chris Von Wangenheim, Patti Hansen, 1981
Chris Von Wangenheim, Untitled 2, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Untitled 2, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Untitled, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Untitled, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Tattoo, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Tattoo, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Two nudes and mirror, 1970s
Chris Von Wangenheim, Two nudes and mirror, 1970s
Chris Von Wangenheim, Washington, 1966
Chris Von Wangenheim, Washington, 1966
Chris Von Wangenheim, Wire Fence, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Wire Fence, date unknown
Chris Von Wangenheim, Woman in fur coat by burning car, 2007
Chris Von Wangenheim, Woman in fur coat by burning car, 2007
Chris Von Wangenheim, Woman with horse, 1975
Chris Von Wangenheim, Woman with horse, 1975
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