Peter Lindbergh, a legendary German fashion photographer known for his dramatic portraits of black and white imagery, has passed away on Tuesday. He was 74.
The sad news of Lindbergh’s death was confirmed by his family via his official Instagram handle on Wednesday morning.
The reason behind his death was not disclosed.
Lindbergh was known for his elegant, cinematic style. Born in the year 1944, he lived in Duisburg during childhood. Peter Lindbergh attended Berlin Academy of Fine Arts during the early ‘60s. While Lindbergh’s classmates at the fine arts academy worked on painting portraits, Lindbergh instead chose to follow his mentor Vincent Van Gogh. He hitchhiked to Arles, France before relocating temporarily to North Africa and Spain.
Lindbergh discovered his caliber in photography after he spent 2 years assisting Hans Lux, a German photographer. Later, in 1971, he opened his photography studio.
Peter Lindbergh was famous for his classicist approach, which he used to challenge and redefine the traditional standards of beauty. He asked his fashion models to don just a little or no makeup as well as have the strength to really be themselves.
According to fashion historian Harriet Atkinson, it was Lindbergh’s denial to follow glossy perfection linked with the fashion publications that really helped propel him to notoriety. Celebrity stylist, Alex Longmore while agreeing to this said that Lindbergh rose to the game as a fashion photographer due to his emotive and moving portraiture. Choosing black and white portraits over color, Lindbergh really captured the true beauty in every subject with whom he shot, Longmore added.
Lindbergh’s recognizable style helped him capture unpolished and intimate portraits of few of the biggest stars of the industry, including Gigi Hadid and Kate Moss during his career.
Today, one can see most of Lindbergh’s work displayed on walls of prestigious galleries and museums such as Paris’ Centre Pompidou, New York’ Metropolitan Museum of Art among others.