Instagram just broke when the message about photographer Peter Lindbergh got spread. The phenomenal and kind man died at age 74. He wasn’t just a regular photographer, but one who was able to capture stunning portraits and seductive compositions of both people and landscapes. On top of this, his view on fashion photography was simply mesmerizing.
Photographer Peter Lindbergh passed away
Photographer Peter Lindbergh was only 74 years old when he died today, September 3rd 2019. The sad news got spread by his official Instagram account, @therealpeterlindbergh.
The announcement is accompanied by a black and white photo of one of his sets, without Lindbergh on it. The announcement says: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd 2019, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife Petra, his first wife Astrid, his four sons Benjamin, Jérémy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren.”
His sudden death comes as a surprise for many. Nothing has been made clear about the cause of death.
Peter Lindbergh’s photographs
Photographer Peter Lindbergh has always been well known for his fierce, hence casual and careless photographs. He made models look like they were just passing by the camera in a very natural way. He explained that he loved to show strong women most, since the overly styled pictures in most magazines weren’t consistent with the real world.
Lindbergh created history with his photos. He wasn’t vulnerable to trends at all. Looking at his oeuvre, you clearly see his work has an own identity. It’s very timeless and pure. When you stumble upon Lindbergh’s work, you immediately recognize it. Humanity is a big subject on his photos; they depict more than a model wearing designer clothes. His strong portraits and fashion photography show personalities, which makes them picture perfect without being perfect.
This view is perfectly reflected his view on creativity:
“Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. […] The creativity comes from an idea, feeling emotion or an combination of these.”
Lindbergh didn’t do a lot of retouching, it just didn’t work for him. He defended the way women should be portrayed, according to him. He once told that “heartless retouching” wasn’t the right way to depict modern women, since it erases the life experience on their faces. And what’s more beautiful than a bit of experience? Right, nothing. Peter will always be in our hearts, may he rest in peace.
Check out some of his most famous work below.
Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington & Naomi Campbell
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"Twenty-five years ago, I started to become an activist for woman’s rights. Nobody wanted to talk about it. One time I heard: 'That’s not a sexy cause.' It was a huge struggle. Now, everybody’s an activist." Salma Hayek Pinault, women’s rights advocate, actor and producer – #ForcesForChange #BritishVogue #SalmaHayek #septemberissue
Marie-Sophie Wilson, Tatjana Patitz & Lynne Koester
Ulli Stein Meier, Lynne Koester, Cindy Crawford & Linda Evangelista
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'Franca: Chaos & Creation', published by Assouline in collaboration with Francesco Carrozzini – Proceeds from this book will benefit the campaign to fund the Franca Sozzani Chair in Preventive Genomics at Harvard Medical School in order to support research that is accelerating the transformation of medicine from reactive sick care to proactive health preservation. (Photo: Ulli Stein Meier, Lynne Koester, Cindy Crawford & Linda Evangelista, Paris, 1989) – #FrancaSozzani #ChaosAndCreation #vogueitalia #fromthevault #LindberghStories
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