Peter Lindbergh Untold stories, when fashion photography becomes Art. Exhibition organized in partnership with the city of Brussels. Story by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Peter Lindbergh Foundation Paris.
Fashion Photography since the beginning belonged to the photographers who mastered. One of them is Peter Lindbergh. His photography always told the stories. Not fashion stories, but stories of life, redemption in black and white. Photography of Peter Lindbergh is never strong, it’s always very soft, it’s always in millions shades of black and white, and everything is in regard, all profound meaning of life.
Exhibition in Brussels
Between December 15, 2022 and May 14, 2023 at the Espace Vanderborght, the City of Brussels will host Untold Stories, the posthumous exhibition of works by the pioneering photographer, Peter Lindbergh.
After holding exhibitions in several European cities, it is the turn of Brussels, capital of the European Union, to honor this artist whose works have earned him a place among the greatest contemporary photographers of all time.
A sublime retrospective that pays tribute to Peter Lindbergh. This exhibition represents his artistic vision that was built and nurtured through four decades of work, encounters and creativity. Every day for three years, Lindbergh spent his days and nights researching, editing, and assembling photos that would open up new interpretations and create a sense of surprise.
Thanks to the involvement and support of the city and the collaboration of the Peter Lindbergh Foundation, these unpublished photos, videos and large formats will be on display for four months in the Espace Vanderborght in Brussels.
2018 marked the beginning of a friendship between Bruno Pani (founder of the events agency Profirst and the social club TheMerode) and Peter Lindbergh, the iconic photographer from the 1980s to the present-day. Lindbergh revealed a human touch, capturing the fragility in the strength of models, marking his era and the emergence of the Top Models. He collaborated with the leading glossy magazines of the day. He remains the only photographer to have captured the mythical Pirelli Calendar three times. Through his lens, the famous Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Helena Christensen, set the trend for a new expression of femininity – raw beauty.
In September 2019, Peter Lindbergh put down his camera for the last time, but the power of his cinematic-scale remains forever immortalised in each of the images that literally and figuratively pushed the boundaries of fashion photography. Before his death, Peter Lindbergh created a foundation with the aim of preserving his work. Since then, the Peter Lindbergh Foundation continues to promote his photographic heritage, notably through the Untold Stories exhibition, initially conceived in collaboration with the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.
Untold Stories will unveil more than 150 works freely associated by the author to create a mise en abyme and a dialogue between the photos, superimposing the person who discovers, the person who poses and the person who is just passing by. A monumental and immersive experience that combines barely known or completely unpublished photos with the artist’s most iconic shots. Photography in motion, vibrating with the energy of portraits through which Peter Lindbergh helped elevate fashion photography to the rank of art.