All photos (c) United Archives/Wolfgang Kühn.
Wolfgang Kühn started his career early in 1953, when he bought his first camera. In this year he photographed his first celebrity, Louis Armstrong, on stage. He was focused on the famous and rich people, shot the last concert of Marlene Dietrich in 1971 as the only one in colour, visited Salvatore Dali in 1959, is the creator of one of the most famous portraits of Alberto Giacometti.
United Archives acquired his lifework with all rights after 6 months of negotiations with his heirs.
The archive covers estimated 40.000 photos, what is a typical volume of a photographic lifework in the analoge days. The first digital production covers people like Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, Roy Lichtenstein, Helmut Newton, Wolfgang Niedecken, Kelly-Family, Gloria von Thurn und Taxis’ Töchter, Anton Corbijn, Steffi Graf, Claudia Schiffer, Yassir Arafat, Ivana Trump, Herzogin von Windsor, aka. Wallis Simpson.
United Archives is a German licensing- and digitalisation company, owned by the German entrepreneur Frank Golomb. Two weeks ago Frank took over the analoge Archive of Handelsblatt (1949 – 1991), a German Daily Newspaper, from the German Historical Museum in Berlin and added this archive to his private collection.
Frank and United Archives are founder members of PHOTOCONSORTIUM!