Fashion Farewells Legendary Photographer Peter Lindbergh

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German-born fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died at the age of 74, leaving behind a dazzling portfolio and immeasurable influence on the fashion industry.

Spanning over four decades, Peter Lindbergh’s career saw him photograph the world’s most prolific celebrities for major publications and brands. He is widely considered to have launched the phenomenon of the ‘supermodel’ after shooting the now-iconic group images of models clad in white shirts, many of whom went on to become household names.

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Lindbergh’s style of photography earned him a reputation as something of an ‘anti-fashion’ fashion photographer, preferring natural makeup and pared-down styling.

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As well as the distinctive black and white portraiture and cinematic elegance that defined his style, Lindbergh was famous for his approach to shooting women. Vocal in his vehement distaste for retouching and the obsession with youth that permeates the fashion industry, he strove to capture the natural beauty and power of women of all ages. His focus on celebrating the spirit and character of the women he shot remains clear in even his most recent work.

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Lindbergh was passionate about the often unrealistic portrayal of women in advertising, saying, ”This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”

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Supermodels and Peter Lindbergh

In an industry rampant with allegations of abuse and misconduct, Lindbergh’s untainted reputation for kindness and respect for his subjects is as notable as his artistic talent.

Tributes to Peter Lindbergh continue, with many of his collaborators echoing similar sentiments about his kindness and generosity.

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Dearest Peter to sum up your spirit and work in the simplest words – a great master. Your kindness, generosity, humor, soulfulness, compassion and extraordinary talent to see the world with heart leaves us all with more beauty and hope. I send my deepest sympathy to his children and wife Petra. His collaborators and friends which were all the same to him. All who were inspired by this man’s great work in and out of the fashion industry. My heart is very heavy loosing my friend and one my of greatest collaborators. I will miss you so much Petey. Your bear hugs, your smile, your laughter and mostly being seen through eyes. Thank you Peter for your gifts and for sharing them. I love you always. Rip #peterlindbergh @therealpeterlindbergh

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Honouring the life and work of photographer Peter Lindbergh. His work is revered globally for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, eschewing photoshopping, and preferring natural beauty with minimal makeup. The Duchess of Sussex had worked with Peter in the past and personally chose him to shoot the 15 women on the cover for the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited. There is no other photographer she considered to bring this meaningful project to life. • “Forces for Change” was the one of the esteemed photographer’s final published projects. He will be deeply missed. Photo © @therealpeterlindbergh / © SussexRoyal

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All images by Peter Lindbergh.

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