Revisit Karl Lagerfeld’s rarely seen photography

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” - Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld was to fashion what Warhol was to art: the late, great German-born designer celebrated creative excess. A titanic figure in the fashion industry – as Creative head at Chanel for over 30 years and at Fendi for 54 years – Lagerfeld had a vision like no other.

Behind the scenes, the iconic fashion designer was a prominent photographer too, capturing celebrity subjects from Naomi Campbell to Benicio del Toro. A new exhibition, on display at Gmurzynska’s gallery in Zurich until May 2019, pays homage to Lagerfeld’s photographic legacy, featuring 50-plus works.

“Since our first exhibition in 1996, Karl has continuously and fearlessly explored the avant-garde of photographic processes; combining his compositional eye with his keen interest in the lost histories of the medium,” gallerists Krystyna Gmurzynska and Mathias Rastorfer share. “His deep knowledge of art history has always been clearly illustrated in fresh ways throughout his oeuvre, while creating his own unique processes that will continue their influence on photography and art in general.”

Benicio del Toro (Hollywood Stars), 2002
Pamela Anderson (Hollywood Stars), 2002
Untitled, June 1996
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Hollywood Stars), 2002
Gone with the Wind, 1996
Untitled, June 1996
"Lüstern aber schüchtern” Serie Hommage an Lyonel Feininger, 1997

Homage To Karl Lagerfeld, 30 Years of Photography, is on display at Galerie Gmurzynska through May 15, 2019

Photographyby Karl Lagerfeld, courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska. Used by permission.
TextEmma Firth