“When I saw my photos on the wall in the exhibition model for the first time, it gave me a fright, but also in a good way. It was overwhelming to be thus confronted with who I am,” Peter Lindbergh last year on his exhibition in Museum Kunstpalast.
The book and exhibition ‘Untold Stories’ at Düsseldorf’s Museum Kunstpalast – the first exhibition curated by Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019) – became a project from the heart over the course of its two-year preparation, which the photographer finished shortly before his untimely death. With more than 150 photographs from the early 1980s to the present, it offers new and unexpected insights into the colossal oeuvre of the legendary photographer. We encounter famous Lindbergh photos, several hitherto unpublished images alongside commissioned work for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Interview, Rolling Stone, or Wall Street Journal.
Untold Stories is Lindbergh’s most personal statement on his work. The photographer has always focused on the human being and has thus revolutionized the imagery of fashion photography. His photos turned supermodels not only into icons but, above all, women, obscuring the line between fashion photography and contemporary art. “The exhibition gave me the chance to think about my paintings deeper and in a different context than that of fashion,” Lindbergh said in a conversation. He drew inspiration from dance theater, film, particularly Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, but also from the industrial ruins of his hometown Duisburg. In Untold Stories, Lindbergh says he encountered his photographs in a completely new way.
This XL volume presents more than 150 photographs – most of which taken in Lindbergh’s typical black & white. Nocturnal scenes in the streets and dramatic settings at the docks or in factory ruins demonstrate his inimitable talent as a storyteller. We also experience private, almost intimate moments with personalities who had been close to him for years, including Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Jessica Chastain, Jeanne Moreau, Naomi Campbell, Charlotte Rampling, to name a few. It is all rounded off by an in-depth conversation between Lindbergh and Kunstpalast Director Felix Krämer as well as an homage by Wim Wenders to his friend Peter Lindbergh.
Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019) was a master of his craft who has made his mark in the halls of photography history, with such credits as shooting the first American Vogue cover under Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, bringing together for the first time a group of young women who would become the ‘90s supermodels, and numerous exhibitions at renowned institutions including Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as in solo exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof, the Berlin Museum for Contemporary Art, Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
Since 2003, Felix Krämer has been the curator of several notable exhibitions as well as an author and editor of numerous publications on modern art. Since October 2017, he has been General Director of the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.
Director, author and photographer Wim Wenders is one of the most prominent German filmmakers today. He is best known for Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Pina (2011), and The Salt of the Earth (2014), a documentary about Sebastião Salgado.
Peter Lindbergh. Untold Stories
Peter Lindbergh, Felix Krämer, Wim Wenders
Hardcover, 27 x 36 cm, 320 pages, ISBN 978-3-8365-7991-9