New Topic on Prodibi Blog, this week we focus on one of the Iconic Photographers and Masters: Peter Lindbergh, known for his memorable cinematic images, Peter Lindbergh is recognized as one of the most influential contemporary photographers.

Considered a pioneer in photography, he introduced a form of new realism by redefining the standards of beauty with timeless images.

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About the artist

Born in Lissa, Germany in 1944, he first worked as a window dresser for a local department store and enrolled the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1960’s.

Inspired by the work of his favorite painter: Van Gogh, he moved to Arles for almost a year and then traveled through Spain and North Africa. He later studied free painting at the College of Art in Krefeld. Influenced by Joseph Kosuth and the Conceptual movement, he was invited before graduating to present his work at the famous avant-garde Galerie Denise René - Hans Mayer in 1969.

He turned his attention to photography in 1971 when he moved to Dusseldorf and worked for two years assisting German photographer Hans Lux before opening his own studio in 1973. Becoming well known in his native country, he joined the Stern magazine family along with photography legends Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Hans Feurer, and moved to Paris in 1978 to pursue his career.


New realism in photography

Considered a pioneer in photography, he introduced a form of new realism by redefining the standards of beauty with timeless images. His humanist approach and idealization of women set him apart from the other photographers as he privileges the soul and the personality.

Famous for his narrative fashion series, his work is best known for his simple and revealing portraits, his still lives and his strong influences from early German Cinema and industrial surroundings of his childhood, dance and cabarets, but also landscapes and outer space. Lindbergh works with the most prestigious fashion brands and magazines since the late 1970’s, including international editions of Vogue, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar US, Wall Street Journal Magazine, The Face, Visionaire, Interview and W. In 2016, Lindbergh was commissioned for a record third time to create the 2017 edition of the Pirelli calendar with famous actresses not photoshopped, being the first one to photograph it more than twice in the fifty years history of the iconic calendar. He previously photographed the 1996 and 2002 editions.


Redefinition of Fashion

Lindbergh is the first photographer to include a narrative in his fashion series; his storytelling brought a new vision of art and fashion photography. Over the years, he has created images that marked the history of photography, characterized by a minimalist approach to the post-modernist photography. Back in 1988, Lindbergh garnered international acclaim by showing a new generation of models all dressed in white shirts that he had recently discovered and launched their careers.

A year later, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, young models then, were photographed together for the first time by him for the legendary January 1990 Vogue UK cover.


He changed the standards of the fashion photography drastically in times of excessive retouching considering that there is something else that makes a person interesting, beyond their age. He explains: «This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.» He also offered a new interpretation of women post-1980’s without paying too much attention to the clothes, considering that: «If you take out the fashion and the artifice, you can then see the real person.» Lindbergh says.

That is this singular vision enhancing the authenticity and the natural beauty of women that made Peter Lindberg the legendary status he has today.


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