Untold Stories: Photographs by the late Peter Lindbergh reveal insights into his legendary career

Linda Evangelista, Michaela Bercu & Kirsten Owen, Pont-à-Mousson, 1988 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

The first-ever exhibition curated by legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh, shortly before his untimely death, is to go ahead at the Düsseldorf Kunstpalast this February.

Untold Stories will feature an uncompromising collection that sheds light on his career while an accompanying book offers an extensive, firsthand look at the highly personal collection.

Renowned the world over, Lindbergh's images have left an indelible mark on contemporary culture and photo history. The exhibition and book reveal iconic and never-before-seen photographs of intimate moments shared with personalities who had been close to him for years. Those featured include Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Jessica Chastain, Jeanne Moreau, Naomi Campbell, Charlotte Rampling and many more.

The book presents more than 150 photographs – many of them unpublished or short-lived, often having been commissioned by monthly fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, Rolling Stone, W Magazine, or The Wall Street Journal.

An extensive conversation between Lindbergh and Kunstpalast director Felix Krämer, as well as a homage by close friend Wim Wenders, offer fresh insights into the making of the collection. The result is an intimate personal statement by Lindbergh about his work.

Lindbergh was a master of his craft who has made his mark in the halls of photography history. He shot the first American Vogue cover under Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, bringing together for the first time a group of young women who would become the '90s supermodels. He's enjoyed numerous exhibitions at renowned institutions including the V&A in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as in solo exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof, the Berlin Museum for Contemporary Art, Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

Lindbergh said: "When I saw my photos on the wall in the exhibition model for the first time, it gave me a fright, but also in a good way. It was overwhelming to be thus confronted with who I am."

Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories opens on 5 February at the Kunstapalast, Düsseldorf and runs until 1 June 2020. You can purchase a copy of the book via TASCHEN.

Uma Thurman, New York, 2016 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Uma Thurman, New York, 2016 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Sasha Pivovarova, Steffy Argelich, Kirsten Owen & Guinevere van Seenus, Brooklyn, 2015 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Sasha Pivovarova, Steffy Argelich, Kirsten Owen & Guinevere van Seenus, Brooklyn, 2015 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Karen Elson, Los Angeles, 1997 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Karen Elson, Los Angeles, 1997 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Sabisha Friedberg & Jessica Stam, Paris, 2007 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Sabisha Friedberg & Jessica Stam, Paris, 2007 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Milla Jovovich, Paris, 1998 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Milla Jovovich, Paris, 1998 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Steffy Argelich, Los Angeles, 2014 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Steffy Argelich, Los Angeles, 2014 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Lynne Koester, Paris, 1984 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

Lynne Koester, Paris, 1984 © Peter Lindbergh. Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris