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“This should be the responsibility of photographers today, to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.” – Peter Lindbergh

An icon in fashion photography, Lindbergh was a trusted friend and beloved associate of film stars, supermodels and the fashion industry’s most influential players.

Peter Lindbergh

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Peter Lindbergh gained international acclaim in the late 1980s through his iconic images of supermodels. This heralded a fresh era of natural beauty and self-assured femininity, and introduced a new form of realism and authenticity to fashion photography. The consequences of his pioneering, character revealing portraitures and storytelling style are still being felt today.

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Peter Lindbergh

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Birth of Peter Lindbergh – born Brodbeck, on November 23rd in Lezsno. He spends his childhood in Duisburg’s monumental, industrial surroundings (North Rhine-Westphalia).

1961
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Shortly after enrolling in the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, Lindbergh decides to travel to Arles on a “spiritual pilgrimage”.

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Lindbergh moves to Düsseldorf and turns his attention to photography. He assists German photographer Hans Lux, who soon encourages him to work independently.

1988
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Lindbergh photographs a group of young models on the beach of Santa Monica. Early on, the ‘White Shirts’ story will define Lindbergh’s vision of women and roots his aesthetic in truth and emotions.

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Anna Wintour, named Editor-in-chief of American Vogue in July 1988, appoints Peter Lindbergh to capture the cover of her inaugural issue. The photograph of Michaela Bercu casually wearing haute couture, mixed with denim jeans while looking away from the camera is considered a revolution.

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Commissioned by British Vogue to present his vision for the new decade, Lindbergh gathers a group of five upcoming models with strong, different personalities, including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington.

The emblematic magazine’s January 1990 cover becomes the supermodels’ birth certificate.

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Lindbergh’s ‘E.T. Story’ (Vogue Italia, March 1990) is considered as the first narrative editorial in fashion photography. This series foresees the introduction of science-fiction references and cinematic storytelling in his work.

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Peter Lindbergh. Untold Stories opens at the Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf from 02.05.2020 to 27.09.2020. It is the first exhibition self-curated by the photographer.

2021
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Peter Lindbergh. Untold Stories opens in A Coruña from 04.12.2021 to 28.02.2022.

The exhibition

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