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Breaking – photographer Peter Lindbergh passed away at age 74

photographer Peter Lindbergh

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1-5DQdC6rl/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo7BMvxgHtd/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BurM1q8Ajl_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Kate Moss

https://www.instagram.com/p/BstA95vAXpO/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Adwoa Aboah

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0q8zxoBo8p/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Gigi Hadid

https://www.instagram.com/p/BueW9QZgAE4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Salma Hayek

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0lnKKpC3Qv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Milla Jovovich

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsBR-eHgtK0/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Tao Okamoto

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0RE3EdCu8R/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Lady Gaga

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpSKMsQAZXE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Blance Li

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzyUOLvCDmA/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Lara Stone

https://www.instagram.com/p/Brk8j-nAFay/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Naomi Campbell

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqISfLHAzWi/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cara Delevingne

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzI_Fh9iU1r/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Robert Pattinson

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxuvLBJCwkz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Penélope Cruz

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxdATuuiI5X/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Vanessa Paradis

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxAgqBHg2W7/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Marie-Sophie Wilson, Tatjana Patitz & Lynne Koester

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwhhljnAkfL/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Karen Alexander

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv4iLyugnCP/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Linda Evangelista

https://www.instagram.com/p/BurcuHFgl7t/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Ulli Stein Meier, Lynne Koester, Cindy Crawford & Linda Evangelista

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuorybUAM9-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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