The German photographer died on September 3, 2019 at the age of 74. He was famous for his black and white shots of celebrities and models.
Peter Lindbergh had recently exhibited his images at the Giacometti Foundation in Paris. The photographer admired the artist and had taken a series of shots that mingled with the sculptor's work, celebrating the patience and rigor of the creator's work. A creator he was, for having partially revolutionized fashion photography and for having brought a touch of grace and nobility to it, which was present in his delicate way to make portraits of famous personalities such as Catherine Deneuve, Cindy Crawford or Noami Campbell, as well as models with thin and twirling silhouettes.
Born in 1944 in Lissa, Poland, Peter Lindbergh grew up in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germania. He studied at the Berlin Academy of Arts in the 1960s before moving to Arles in the footsteps of the painter Vincent Van Gogh. There, he perceived the light of Provence, so meaningful for photographers. He then studied conceptual art before moving to Düsseldorf and becoming the assistant of photographer Hans Lux. Later, he joined the German magazine Stern and published alongside renowned photographers such as Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton. In 1978, he moved to Paris, the fashion capital, where he continued his career. He worked with the biggest fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
Recently, in addition to the exhibition at the Giacometti Foundation in Paris, Peter Lindbergh had just participated in the British edition of the September issue of Vogue magazine. A last opportunity to photograph women of influence as he loved to do, the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg or the actress Salma Hayek.
By Jean-Baptiste Gauvin