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‘A Different Vision on Fashion Photography’ exhibition-a ode to legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh at Kunsthal Rotterdam

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Peter Lindbergh is today regarded as one of the most influential fashion photographers of the past forty years. Lindbergh’s pure black-and-white photographs have determined the course of fashion photography since the 1980s.

Opening September 10th, the first exhibition in the Netherlands devoted to German photographer Peter Lindbergh, which is initiated, produced and toured by Kunsthal Rotterdam will feature more than 220 photographs. This spectacular overview of Lindbergh’s extensive oeuvre will also present exclusive material varying from previously unseen material from personal notes, storyboards, props, polaroids, contact sheets and films to monumental prints, in a large-scale retrospective of the photographer’s work. Lindbergh’s pure black-and-white photographs have determined the course of fashion photography since the early 1980s.

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The exhibition ‘A Different Vision on Fashion Photography’ is an ode to Lindbergh’s multi-faceted oeuvre from 1978 to the present day. Regarded as one of the most influential fashion photographers, the multimedia exhibition is presented in a thematic approach marking his creative development and focusing on his themes, imaginary world and passions through the years, into nine different sections: Supermodels, Couturiers, Zeitgeist, Dance, The Darkroom, The Unknown, Silver Screen, Icons and an exclusive Rotterdam gallery. The ‘Rotterdam Gallery’, photographed for the October Issue of Dutch Vogue especially made for the exhibition, shows the results of Lindbergh’s shoot of Dutch top model Lara Stone and emerging talent Elisa Hupkes in the Port of Rotterdam.

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Peter Lindbergh introduced a new realism into photography. His timeless images redefine the norms of beauty. Lindbergh’s visual idiom is influenced by the language of film and by playing with the type of the strong, self-willed woman, from the femme fatale to the heroine, but also the female dancer and the actress. His oeuvre is characterized by portraits that radiate a certain lack of inhibition and physical grace.

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LINDBERGHS ŒUVRE IN CONTEXT
Film excerpts and interviews with collaborators, models and actors throw light on Lindbergh’s oeuvre on the basis of their collaboration with the photographer. Lindbergh’s film Models, The Film (1991, 52 minutes) will also be screened, containing interviews with Grace Coddington, Nicole Kidman, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford and Nadja Auermann among others.

MAJOR MONOGRAPH ON THE LINDBERGH LENS

The exhibition is accompanied by a major monograph on the German photogra­pher, curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, published by TASCHEN and designed by award winning graphic design firm Paprika (Montreal). In a testimony to Lindbergh’s illustrious status in the fashion world, his images are contextualized by an introduction by Kunsthal Director Emily Ansenk and an essay on Lindbergh’s work by Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot with commentaries from collaborators such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicole Kidman, Grace Coddington, Cindy Crawford and Anna Wintour. Their tributes explain what makes Lindbergh’s images so unique and powerful.

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