Powerful and absolute black and whites tell the story and portray the artistic sensibilities of Peter Lindbergh in images. The exhibition Heimat. A Sense of Belonging at the cultural space Armani/Silos, is a personal homage from the the stylist Giorgio Armani to his friend and colleague just six months after his death. The photographer, celebrated for his cinematographic images, was capable of capturing beauty in the psychological aspects of his subjects, even by highlighting their imperfections. Born in Poland, but soon moving to Duisburg in Germany, the photographer was fascinated by Heimat, the German industrial city shrouded in fog and dotted with cement factories. Lindbergh took a new realism and transformed it into a stunningly crude beauty. A refined portraitist, he also sought to capture what he defined as “the emotional space between the model and the camera”. On display are his large-format high-impact portraits of the likes of Pina Bausch and Isabelle Huppert, Jake Gyllenhaal, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Redmayne, of whom the artist was capable of penetrating their true depths. Then there are his fashion photos, marked by profound gazes and perfect composition.
The city conquered the fashion world when the eclectic Elio Fiorucci opened a shop, catering to the tastes of characters such as Andy Warhol, and Giorgio Armani dressed Richard Gere in “American Gigolò”.