Michaela Bercu, Linda Evangelista & Kirsten Owen, Pont-à-Mousson, 1988 © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy Peter Lindbergh, Paris)

Peter Lindbergh. Exhibition in Dusseldorf

One of his most famous images is the black and white photograph of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz, which Peter Lindbergh took in 1989 for British Vogue. Not only did this turn the five models into “supermodels”, it also changed the face of fashion photography forever. When Peter Lindbergh died in September 2019, he had already been working on the exhibition Untold Stories for two years. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf from 6 February to 1 June. The show deliberately does not display Lindbergh’s well-known works. Instead, it presents many previously unseen photographs that clearly exemplify Lindbergh’s vision: to present the person, not fashion, as the focal point of the photograph. By taking this approach, he has succeeded in “transcending and redefining the immediate context of fashion photography and contemporary culture”. Models are no longer seen as “mannequins”; instead, they are used to give the clothes an attitude and an aura. The exhibition is a symbol of Peter Lindbergh’s legacy.

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