Cathleen Naundorf studied painting and photography.
Starting in the early 90’s, she traveled across the world for renowned publishing houses. Specializing in photo-reports and fascinated by ethnic groups, she worked with indian tribes like the Yanomami in Amazonia, with the Mongols and Kazakhstanis in the Altai Mountains, and with the shamans in Yakutia, Siberia. Her meetings and travels with the Dalai Lama are the source of her social engagement for Tibet and Amnesty International, which are
documented in some of her photo-reports.
Inspired by her encounter and longstanding friendship with Horst P. Horst, Cathleen Naundorf became interested early in her career in fashion photography.
While living and working in France, she started photographing backstage at
Paris fashion shows for Condé Nast in 1997.
From 2005 to 2011, Cathleen Naundorf worked on a series called Un rêve de mode, focusing on couture houses like Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Valentino, Saab, Lacroix and Philip Treacy.
Thanks to her outstanding pictures, Cathleen Naundorf obtained the privilege to
choose gowns from the couturiers’ archives for her elaborate and cinematic
productions over the course of seven years. This very large body of work was
published in The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf, Prestel Edition, 2012.
Since 2000, she has worked with large format cameras for her photo shoots,
using mostly Polaroid or negative films.
Cathleen Naundorf has worked privately since 2011 with Mr. Valentino Garavani on several projects, like An italian story, and The New York City Ballet.
Her work has been published in magazines including Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast titles.