Peter Lindbergh’s “Known and Unknown” at Milan’s Carla Sozzani Gallery

Left: Kate Moss, New York, 1994. Right: Fred Ward and Guinevere Van Seenus, El Mirage, California, 2000. Both images copyright Peter Lindbergh.

In a long and eminent career, photographer Peter Lindbergh has created some of the fashion world’s most iconic images, featuring many of its most famous faces. Supermodels Kate, Naomi, Linda, Cindy, Christy—all glided past his lens at the height of their powers (and, in that legendary 1990 Vogue cover, did it simultaneously). A native of Poland, Lindbergh, now 67, spent years in Berlin and Paris learning his craft; he has lived in America since the 1980s. Now, a new Milanese exhibition at the Galleria Carla Sozzani, “Known and Unknown,” juxtaposes the artist’s most memorable work with rare images inspired by the cinematic sweep of Hollywood and science fiction. Melding his love of German expressionism with a take on more contemporary anxieties, Lindbergh, in the “Unknown” section, follows protagonist Milla Jovovich through a series of adventures both beautiful and unsettling. Meanwhile, more familiar—if no less stunning—images make up the “Known” section, created for the pages of Vogue, Interview, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar. The show runs through November 4th.

Clockwise from top left: Erin Wasson, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, 2002; Milla Jovovich and Karen Elson, Los Angeles, 2000; Debbie Lee Carrington and Helena Christensen, El Mirage, California, 1990; Linda Spierings and Tatjana Patitiz, Le Touquet, France, 1986. All images copyright Peter Lindbergh.

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