Gundolf Pfotenhauer was born in Germany to a family of printers. He started his commercial career with an apprenticeship in typesetting, working as a graphic designer and taking a master class in photography. Located in Germany and the US, he subsequently worked on a wide variety of assignments including photography, product design, graphic design, interaction design and brand development.
Gundolf’s track record of finding integrated creative solutions caught the attention of Procter & Gamble, who approached him to work with their global design team.
Looking for a collaborator to establish and lead an in-house art department, Francis Ford Coppola hired Gundolf in 2001 to contribute his strategic skills and design leadership experience. As Creative Director for Coppola’s portfolio of companies, Gundolf was instrumental in building and guiding an in-house team of designers, taking charge of all aspects of design and media communication.
Gundolf now works as a freelance designer and photographer in the US and Europe. His work is featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Travel + Leisure and Vogue.