Berlin photo show celebrates Lindbergh naturalism

Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:37am EDT
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By Sarah Marsh

BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Peter Lindbergh is one of the world's best known fashion photographers yet glamour and fashion are secondary to people and places in the largest exhibition of his work, now open in Berlin.

Lindbergh helped forge the supermodel phenomenon in the 1980s with photos of models such as Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell but says he did not set out to be a fashion photographer.

His exhibition "On Street" at photography forum C/O Berlin, on until January 9, conveys the stretch and unconventional naturalism of his work.

Gritty photographs of the Berlin underworld vie with startlingly candid portraits of celebrities and street scenes of models wandering through Manhattan.

"I am fundamentally interested in how captivating people are and I don't care if they are thin or fat," said Lindbergh, who started his career as an apprentice window dresser. "Beauty is not about form but more about ... the aura someone has."

The exhibition shows 120 photographs and films from the past three decades, including classic Lindbergh images as well as never-before published polaroids.

"This show poses the question: where does fashion photography start and where does it end?" said curator Felix Hoffmann. "You always wonder whether these are commissioned works, snapshots of friends or simply documentation."

Lindbergh's fashion photos show models in gritty urban settings rather than in theatrical and artificial poses against a glossy backdrop.   Continued...