German photographer Peter Lindbergh is the subject of a major new survey exhibition, showcasing his groundbreaking work.


Wild At Heart: Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder & Stephanie Seymour, Brooklyn, 1991, Vogue US © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery)

Peter Lindbergh, that master of black and white portrait and fashion photography since the 1980s, has a new exhibition in his name, and it’s perhaps the most extensive and considered to date, with more than 220 of his standout images accompanying personal notes, storyboards, polaroids and contact sheets in the large-scale retrospective. Having determined the course of fashion photography since his intimate and striking images of supermodels made waves globally, the retrospective is well warranted for the German photographer. As he says, “A fashion photographer should contribute to defining the image of the contemporary woman or man in their time, to reflect a certain social or human reality”. A Different Vision on Fashion Photography, as the exhibition is named, is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot (the man behind the popular Jean Paul Gaultier survey exhibition), and is divided into nine sections, including Supermodels, Couturiers, Silver Screen and The Darkroom, tying different periods of his work together in narrative form.

Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography, is on display at Kunsthal, Rotterdam, until 12 February 2017.