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Death of photographer Peter Lindbergh

On September 3, 2019, the German photographer Peter Lindbergh (his real name Peter Brodbeck) died in Paris, at the age of 74 years.

Peter Lindbergh, fashion photographer

This is one of the big names in fashion photography that has gone out, Peter Lindbergh.

Born in Germany, in Lissa (now in Poland) in November 1944, he studied at the Berlin Academy of Arts and then at the Krefeld School of Art. After moving to Dusseldorf, he turned to photography as Hans Lux’s assistant.

he was a commercial photographer devoid of ambition, but a very human type. He showed me everything […] working with him was very important to me

Peter Lindbergh

In 1973, he opened his own studio and quickly became a prominent advertising photographer in Germany. A few years later, he moved to Paris.

Multiples inspirations

Peter Lindbergh’s work is remarkable for its different sources of inspiration and its approach to fashion photography. More interested in models and their personalities than in their image, his work is characterized by a minimalist approach and little retouched, in a world where exaggerated retouching is the norm.

 Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz et Christy Turlington  (1988) 
Photo Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris
Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz et Christy Turlington  (1988)
Photo Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

His sources of inspiration are documentary photographers and photojournalists such as Dorothea Lange, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand with a classical background such as André Kertész, Richard Avedon or Irving Penn.

He died at the age of 74 in Paris.

The work of Peter Lindbergh in detail

Key elements

Website : http://www.peterlindbergh.com/
Main models :
Estelle Lefébure,
Karen Alexander,
Rachel William,
Linda Evangelista,
Tatjana Patitz,
Christy Turlington,
Naomi Campbell,
Cindy Crawford

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