Already well received in Germany and Italy, it’s now Spain’s honour to host the Peter Lindbergh Untold Stories exhibition. Conceived to celebrate his legacy and give a unique insight into Lindbergh’s vast oeuvre, the exhibition spanned his career from the early 1980s until his death in September 2019.
Untold Stories, the first ever survey exhibition curated by Peter Lindbergh himself, first opened at the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf in February 2020, and has since travelled from Germany to Italy, before opening in Spain in December 2021. The selection of 152 photographs from Lindbergh’s work includes early and more recent photographs presented from the artist’s perspective.
In addition to his work for internationally renowned magazines, the collection includes numerous photographs that have never been exhibited before, and which reveal an unexpected side to his work.
Apart from celebrating his legacy, Untold Stories is also the artist’s statement on fashion photography. His belief that individual beauty has many facets, and that there is authenticity in imperfection, made Lindbergh famous for capturing personality and special moments of intimacy in his images. In doing so, he broke with the stereotypes in fashion photography.
Untold Stories was a chance for a Coruña to see the work that Lindbergh himself found important. Arranged in an approximate chronological order, the photographer experimented with his own material, allowing the intuitive arrangement to produce unexpected connections.
Untold Stories retraced Peter Lindbergh’s journey and revealed how his work transformed the conventional standards of fashion photography in times of excessive photographic retouching. It is clear to see why he’s recognised as one of the world’s most influential contemporary photographers.
Lindbergh said: “If you take out the fashion and the artifice, you can then see the real person.” The much-admired supermodels of the 80s and 90s gained their fame through Lindbergh’s revolutionary depiction of them. Famous for his narrative fashion series and his revealing portraits, Lindbergh’s work continues to have a huge influence and impact on the fashion world today.
Organised with the personal support of Marta Ortega, friend of the photographer and long-time admirer of Lindbergh's work, the exhibition was part of an initiative for A Coruña with an ambition to bring world-class culture to the region, while at the same time promoting Galicia’s rich cultural spirit to the world.