Peter Lindbergh - a Fashion Photographer

written on 20/08/2020
by Gabi Breitenbach

I'm firmly convinced that true beauty only springs from the acceptance of oneself, from an awareness of who we really are. - Peter Lindbergh

Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019) was one of the most famous fashion photographers of the past 40 years, a film maker and an artist.

Lindbergh was known for cinematic and naturalistic portraits of models in black and white. "I hate retouching, I hate makeup", he told British Vogue in 2019. "I always say, ‘Take the makeup off!’"

Looking at his photos, they give you the impression of being realistic and almost spontaneous or candid. The women he has captured have an aspect of natural and effortless beauty.

Lindbergh was renowned for his intimate and unpolished portraits of models and actors, with everyone from Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid to Ethan Hawke and Charlotte Rampling having posed for him in the space of his 40-year-long career.

His work was also closely linked to the rise of the supermodel era, most famously with his January 1990 cover for British Vogue: a group portrait of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz, whom he had assembled for the shoot in Lower Manhattan.

His photos have been shown in museums worldwide, among them the Victoria & Albert in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The exhibition Heimat. A Sense of Belonging dedicated to Peter Lindbergh can be seen at the Armani Silos in Milan until 10th January 2021. It is highly recommended - don't miss it!

All photos: ©Peter Lindbergh