Peter Lindbergh. On Street

October 31, 2010
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C/O Berlin, The cultural Forum for Photography, which unfortunately will have to move out  from its wonderful current location in 2011, holds an exhibition of one the most renowned fashion photographers, Peter Lindbergh (until 9th of Jan).

C/O museum temporarily (since 2006) occupies the former  Postfuhamt- the post office, constructed in the end of 18th century. Since post office times, before C/O, there were a few art exhibitions in this building; some might recall it  “wrapped with “love letters”  in 2001. The space is somewhat typical for Berlin inherited from some industry 100 years old construction with  peeling off walls, abandoned sinks, tubing along the walls etc.

In one of the Berlin current “Must sees” there are  over 100 works, which were never on show in Berlin: from iconic images of models and actresses, Vogue series to  the unpublished before Archive-Polaroids.  Of special interest are P. Lindbergh’s  films: “Inner Voices”(1999) and “Everywhere at Once” (2008), the latter is a poetic story about Jeanne Moreau, whom he found  to be the most fascinating and the most beautiful (except for his own wife)woman. Very curious is the documentary by J.-M. Vecchiet (2001), which follows closely the master at work.

Childhood spent in the Duisburg (highly industrial) area made a particular impact on his sense of beauty and vision, as he confesses in his interviews;  well, he managed to escape to southern colours early enough-  his trip at the age of 18 to Van Gogh’s Arles in southern France and then to Spain and Morocco. Now he spends his time between New York, Paris and Arles. Having started as an assistant  to a friend- photographer, Lindbergh made hims self to a professional himself, working for Prada, Armani or Lagerfeld and having his works published first by Stern, and then by “Vanity Fair”, “Vogue”, “Rolling Stone” and “Harpers Bazar”.

Except for New York street series,  most of the presented images can be divided between theatrical- eccentric set-ups and genuine and un-retouched female portraits, mostly (fashion)celebrities. Among his models were  Sharon Stone, Madonna, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Jeanne Moreau, Penélope Cruz, Catherine Deneuve, and Uma Thurman. His long collaboration with Mila Jovovich, Jeanne Moreau or Pina Bausch  were among  working relationships, which made the deepest personal impact.

Lindbergh’s principal mode of expression is black and white photography and delicate, though potent approach to a model’s fragile inner world, he is an fervid advocate of the no-retouching concept. “My feeling is that for years now it has taken a much too big part in how women are being visually defined today. Heartless retouching should not be the chosen tool to represent women in the beginning of this century.”(for New York Times)

Peter Lindbergh On Street (until 9.01.2011)

Daily 11-20:00 (10€ /5€ reduced)

C/O Berlin

Oranienburger Straße 35/36
10117 Berlin


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