06 Photographs, The Art Of The Nude, Playboy’s Raquel Welch in her blue bikini, with footnotes # 113

Chris von Wangenheim
Reflection, Raquel Welch, Playboy, c. 1979

Private collection

Chris von Wangenheim was born in Breig, in what was then a war-torn East Prussia, in 1942. His father was an officer in the German Army who died in Soviet captivity in 1953. This tragedy would go on to inform his son’s dark nature. By this time von Wangenheim was living in the Bavarian mountains with his mother and sister and, inspired by a photographer living in the upstairs flat, had developed a burgeoning interest in photography. Von Wangenheim carried this fascination with him into adulthood. In 1965 he relocated to New York City to kickstart his own career. He got his start as an assistant for Harper’s Bazaar photographer James Moore, and as a result secured a few pages in the magazine…

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01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Chris von Wangenheim’s SUSAN SARANDON, with Footnotes. #107

Chris von Wangenheim

Archival Pigment Print
45 x 30 in
Private collection

In the late 70s to early 80s, Chris von Wangenheim loved all the trappings of the punk scene-the tattoos, leather motorcycle jackets, and wildly colored hair-and incorporated them into his high-fashion work such as the image with Susan Sarandon for the Crawdaddy Magazine cover of May 1978 issue.
The cover featured the tagline “Wild Dreams Wicked Desired” More on this work

Susan Abigail Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an American actress and activist. She has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards. Known for her social and political activism, she was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006. More on Susan Abigail Sarandon

Christoph von Wangenheim (21 February 1942 – 9 March 1981) was a German fashion photographer of the late 1960s through the early 1980s.

Wangenheim was born in Berlin, during the Second World War.  After studying architecture for a period of time, Wagenheim decided to pursue his interest in photography. In 1965, he moved to New York City where he worked as a photographer’s assistant until 1967. He started his own studio the following year and began working for the American edition of Harper’s Bazaar, and for the Italian edition of Harper’s Bazaar in 1970. 

American Vogue became his primary outlet in 1972, but he also worked for its German, French and Italian editions, as well as for Esquire, Playboy, Interview, and Viva magazines. Wangenheim is also well known for his advertisements for Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. 

On 9 March 1981, Wangenheim was killed in a single car crash while on holiday in Saint Martin. More on Christoph von Wangenheim

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