Curated by: Peter Lindbergh
Untold Stories is the first exhibition on Peter Lindbergh curated by the author himself. In Turin, the complete version of the project will be presented for the first time in Italy. Born in 1944 and raised in Duisburg, the German photographer spent two years working on a free collection of 140 photographs that will offer a profound insight into his vast oeuvre, from the early 1980s to the present day. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of Peter Lindbergh, who passed away in September 2019, and shows the very personal approach of this master in his work. 'The first time I saw my photographs on the exhibition mock-up walls, I was surprised, but in a very positive way. It was overwhelming to be faced with who I am. "Lindbergh explained in an interview for the catalog in June 2019.
The exhibition offers a broad unpublished look at images that usually live shortly, being mostly commissioned and published by magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, Rolling Stone, W Magazine or Wall Street Journal. Lindbergh's understanding of fashion photography was that it can - and should - exist very well without putting fashion at the center. Her images successfully transcend their context, redefining the parameters of fashion photography and contemporary culture. "The exhibition allowed me to reconsider my images in a non-fashion context. The presentation aims to open the photographs to different interpretations and perspectives," Lindbergh emphasized during the conversation. “However, I don't try to claim that my photos are not fashion photographs, it wouldn't be true either. I insist on the definition of "fashion photography" because for me this term does not mean that only fashion should be represented: photography is much greater than fashion, it is part of contemporary culture. "
The exhibition is conceived in three chapters. Two large installations complete the presentation and cast a fresh and surprising light on Lindbergh's work. Manifest, the monumental opening installation, featuring several large bluebacks, was developed specifically for presentation and provides an engaging and inspiring introduction to Lindbergh's understanding of fashion photography. In the central section of the exhibition, Lindbergh has chosen and organized together the images that he personally considered fundamental in the context of his work. He experimented with his archival materials and revealed new stories while staying true to his language. Emblematic photographs together with others never seen before are exhibited in pairs or groups, giving rise to unexpected and suggestive interpretations.