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Women on Street: Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

3rd February - 30th April 2017


The exhibition "Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand: Women on Street" will be presenting two world stars of photography - Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand. Peter Lindbergh (born 1944, lives in Paris) is regarded as one of the best living photographers and a star of fashion photography. Garry Winogrand, called as "The prince of the street", revolves street photography with his dashing lines and sensitive street portraits of women.

Curated by Ralph Goertz - director of the IKS. With around 40.000 visitors, the exhibition received the Top Five of the NRW-Forum.



“What’s so striking about black and white photography is how it helps a sense of reality to come through.”  Peter Lindbergh


Peter Lindbergh. In the 1990s, with his photographs of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Cindy Crawford he coined the term supermodel. And yet, over and over again, he has demonstrated something untypical for the fashion world, as the focus of his attention is the individual behind the model. In his photographs he turns against the ideal of beauty prescribed by the fashion world and he often shows a beauty that has been attained “through experiences, through heartbreaks, through having children”, as Cindy Crawford told ICON, a German lifestyle magazine, in 2015. 

The exhibition includes 44 photographs that were taken at fashion shoots on the street and, for the most part, are being shown for the first time at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.



With 40.000 visitors the most successful exhibition on photography in 2017 in Duesseldorf. Followed by "Axel Hütte. Night and Day" at the Museum Kunstpalast with 37.000 visitors - curated by Ralph Goertz.



Garry Winogrand, who died in 1984, ranks among the most important exponents of street photography and, from the mid-1970s, he played a decisive role in establishing photography in the context of contemporary art. His frequently falling lines, a direct and intuitive approach to his subject and an insightful view of the cosmos of the street are the features of his distinctive style. 

In addition to the 85 black-and-white images of the Women are Beautiful series, which will be on show in its entirety in Germany for the first time, the exhibition will also showcase, as a world premiere, the rare colour photographs from the period 1958 to 1964.




"This impressive exhibition was curated by Ralph Goertz. Of course, he is also there on this day. The chemistry between him and Lindbergh is right, you can feel it in the evening."

Ute Korinth, Ruhrpottagentin


The title of the exhibition "Women on Street" refers to the original title of the most recent and most famous series by the American photographer Garry Winogrand, "Women are beautiful", and is presented next to Peter Lindbergh's series "On Street". The exhibition also discusses the relationship between photographer and model / person on the street and - in the intermingling of the series of Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand - declining simultaneously the concept of street photography. The question of reality and staging as well as the role of the photographer as a "flaneur" or "huntsman" will be explored and it gives an extended insight into the genre of street photography.



“Whenever I’ve seen an attractive women, I’ve done my best to photograph her.

I don’t know if all the women in the photographs are beautiful, but I do know that the women are beautiful in the photographs.”  Garry Winogrand



All installation photographs: Dirk Rose © IKS-Medienarchiv 2017



The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication "Lindbergh / Winogrand: Women", edited by Ralph Goertz, with texts by Werner Spies, Joel Meyerowitz and Ralph Goertz (ISBN: 978-3-96098-026-1).


Design und conzept by IKS


The color images reproduced here were transferred from slides in the archive of Garry Winogrand. This work was never printed by the artist, and the reproductions do not represent finished work by Garry Winogrand. Digital reproduction from Garry Winogrand Archive at Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.

© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. With the courtesy of Lola Garrido Collection

© Peter Lindbergh, Paris

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