Open main menu

Peter Lindbergh (born Peter Brodbeck,[1] 23 November 1944 – 3 September 2019) was a German fashion photographer and film director.

Peter Lindbergh
Peter Lindbergh 2015.jpeg
Lindbergh, New York, 2016
Born
Peter Brodbeck

(1944-11-23)23 November 1944
Died3 September 2019(2019-09-03) (aged 74)
Paris, France
OccupationPhotographer
Spouse(s)Astrid Lindbergh
Petra Sedlaczek (m. 2002–2019)
Children4, including Simon
Websitepeterlindbergh.com

He had studied arts in Berlin and Krefeld, and exhibited his works already before graduation. In 1971 he turned to photography and worked for the Stern magazine.

In fashion photography, he portrayed models Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington together for the January 1990 British Vogue cover, beginning an era of supermodels. He twice photographed the Pirelli Calendar, made several films, and created covers for music including Tina Turner's Foreign Affair, Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions and Beyoncé's I Am... Sasha Fierce.

His work has been presented at international exhibitions. Lindbergh preferred black & white photography, and noted in 2014: "This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection."

Early lifeEdit

 
Lindbergh, New York, 2016

Lindbergh was born on 23 November 1944 in Lissa (Leszno), Reichsgau Wartheland, German-occupied Poland. He spent his childhood in Duisburg.[2]

As a teenager, he worked as window dresser for the Karstadt and Horten department stores in Duisburg. Coming from a part of Germany close to the Dutch border, North Rhine-Westphalia, he spent summer holidays with his family in the Netherlands on the coast near Noordwijk. The vast beaches and the industrial settings of his hometown Duisburg, influenced his work strongly over the years. In the early 1960s, he moved to Lucerne and months later to Berlin where he enrolled in the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. He hitchhiked to Arles in the footsteps of his idol, Vincent van Gogh. Lindbergh recalled these years: "I preferred actively seeking out van Gogh’s inspirations, my idol, rather than painting the mandatory portraits and landscapes taught in art schools". After several months in Arles, he continued through to Spain and Morocco, a journey which took him two years.[3]

Returning to Germany, he studied abstract art at the Kunsthochschule (College of Art) in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, with Günther C. Kirchberger. Influenced by Joseph Kosuth and the conceptual art movement, he was invited in 1969, before graduating, to present his work at the avant-garde Galerie Denise René. These works were exhibited in the Objets ludiques exhibition at the Tinguely Museum in Basel in 2014. After moving to Düsseldorf in 1971, he turned his attention to photography and worked for two years assisting German photographer Hans Lux, before opening his own studio in 1973. Becoming well known in his native country, he joined the Stern magazine family along with photographers Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Hans Feurer.[4][5]

PhotographyEdit

In 2014 Lindbergh said: "This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection."[6][7] In 2016, Lindbergh declared that "A fashion photographer should contribute to defining the image of the contemporary woman or man in their time, to reflect a certain social or human reality. How surrealistic is today’s commercial agenda to retouch all signs of life and of experience, to retouch the very personal truth of the face itself?"[8]

The journalist Suzy Menkes wrote that "Refusing to bow to glossy perfection is Peter Lindbergh's trademark – the essence of the images that look into each person's unvarnished soul, however familiar or famous the sitter".[9]

In 1989, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington,[10][11] young models then, were photographed together for the first time by him for the January 1990 British Vogue cover. This has been credited as the start of the era of supermodels.[12][13] His cover inspired singer George Michael to cast his models in the video for his song "Freedom '90".[14] Around the same time, Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace featured the new supermodels who had been featured two years earlier in Lindbergh's photographs, for his Fall–Winter 1991 fashion show.[15][vague] In a 2008 interview with art historian Charlotte Cotton, he explained:

Using black-and-white photography was really important to creating the supermodel. Every time I tried to shoot them in colour, because their beauty was close to perfection, it ended up looking like a bad cosmetics advert. With black and white, you can really see who they are. It toned down the commercial interpretation that colour gives. What’s so striking about black and white is how it really helps a sense of reality to come through.[16]

Lindbergh's first book, 10 Women (1996) had sold more than 100,000 copies as of 2008.[5]

He twice photographed the Pirelli calendar, in 1996 and 2002. The latter, which used actresses instead of models for the first time, was shot on the back lot of Paramount Studios,[17] and was described by art critic Germaine Greer as "Pirelli's most challenging calendar yet."[18] Lindbergh was the first photographer in the fifty-year history of the Pirelli calendar to be invited to photograph it for a third time (for the 2017 edition).[19]

Lindbergh collaborated on two complete issues of Vogue photographed by he and his assistant, Jethro Gaines of J.Gaines Studio, one celebrating Vogue Germany 30th anniversary in October 2009,[20] and the other for Vogue Spain in December 2010.[21]

FilmsEdit

Directors' Cuts: The Reunion with Cindy Crawford and Lindbergh

Lindbergh directed a number of films and documentaries.

Models, The Film (1991) was shot in New York and starred Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour.[22]

Inner Voices (1999) was a drama documentary examining self-expression in Lee Strasberg method acting. It won the Best Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2000.[7][23]

Pina Bausch, Der Fensterputzer (2002) was an experimental film about his friend Pina Bausch.[24]

Everywhere at Once (2008) was directed by Lindbergh and Holly Fisher. Narrated by Jeanne Moreau, the film consists of refilmed Lindbergh photographs, many of them unpublished, interwoven with excerpts from Tony Richardson's film Mademoiselle. It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2008,[25] after the Avant-premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.[26]

Peter Lindbergh — Women’s Stories (2019) was directed by Jean-Michel Vecchiet. It is a documentary film about Lindbergh's life and also features his first wife, Astrid Lindbergh.[7][27]

MusicEdit

Lindbergh photographed the movie poster for Tony Scott's movie The Hunger (1983) featuring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve, and the album cover for the soundtrack,[28] Pedro Almodóvar's movie poster for Talk To Her (2002)[13] and also Charlotte Rampling's documentary The Look (2011).[29]

Lindbergh photographed many music record covers, among them Jane Birkin's single "Quoi"[30] (1985); Tina Turner's single "Foreign Affair" (1990) and album Foreign Affair (1989),[31] and the videoclip for Turner's single "Missing You".[32] Lindbergh shot covers for Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions (1998)[33] and Beyoncé's album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008).[34] He directed the videoclip for Lionel Ritchie's single "The Last Party".[35]

Personal lifeEdit

Lindbergh divorced his first wife Astrid, who appeared with him in the documentary Peter Lindbergh — Women’s Stories.[27] He later married Petra Sedlaczek.[36] Lindbergh had four sons, Benjamin, Jérémy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren. He died on 3 September 2019 in Paris, at age 74.[37][38][27]

ExhibitionsEdit

  • Models As Muse, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.[39]
  • On Street, C/O Berlin, 2010.[40]
  • The Unknown, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, April–May 2011. Lindbergh’s installation, curated by Jerome Sans. There were more than 70,000 visitors.[41]
  • The Unknown and Images of Women, Meštrović Pavilion HDLU Museum, Zagreb, April–May 2014.[42]
  • Vogue Like a Painting, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, June–October 2015. Lindbergh's still lifes and portraits were exhibited along with work by Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst and Erwin Blumenfeld.[43]
  • Gagosian Paris, September–December 2014[44]
  • Gagosian Athens, February–April 2016.[45]
  • A Different Vision On Fashion Photography, Kunsthal in Rotterdam, September 2016 to February 2017.[46] A major retrospective. Includes work from previously unseen material from personal notes, storyboards, props, polaroids, contact sheets and films to monumental prints. It was then presented at the Kunsthalle München in Germany (under the title "From Fashion To Reality") and at the Reggia di Venaria in Turin. [47] This travelling exhibition has been seen by over 400,000 people overall.[48]

FilmographyEdit

  • 1991: Models: the Film — directed by Lindbergh[22]
  • 1999: Inner Voices — 30-minute drama documentary directed by Lindbergh[23]
  • 2001: Pina Bausch – Der Fensterputzer — 30-minute film directed by Lindbergh[24]
  • 2008: Everywhere at Once — directed by Lindbergh and Holly Fisher[26]
  • 2019: Peter Lindbergh — Women’s Stories — documentary based on Lindbergh's life, directed by Jean-Michel Vecchiet[7]

AwardsEdit

  • 1996: Raymond Loewy Foundation Award.[49]
  • 2014: Honoured for his longtime contributions to AIDS awareness at the annual amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street.[50]

PublicationsEdit

Major publicationsEdit

  • 10 Women. Schirmer / Mosel, 1996. ISBN 978-3-8238-1416-0. With a foreword by Karl Lagerfeld. Photographs of Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, Kristen McMenamy and Tatjana Patitz.
  • Images de Women. Schirmer / Mosel, 1997. ISBN 978-3-8296-0143-6. With an introduction by Martin Harrison.
  • Portfolio. Assouline, 1999. ISBN 2-84323-108-6. With an interview by Dr. Antonio Ria.
  • Stories. Arena editions USA, 2002. ISBN 1-892041-64-2. With a foreword by Wim Wenders.
  • Untitled 116. Schirmer / Mosel, 2006. ISBN 3-8296-0179-4.
  • On Street. C/O Berlin, 2010. ISBN 978-3-8296-0506-9.
  • The Unknown. Schirmer / Mosel, 2011. ISBN 978-3-8296-0544-1. With an interview by Jérôme Sans.
  • Images of Women 2. Schirmer / Mosel, 2014. ISBN 978-3829606851. With an introduction by Werner Spies, Wim Wenders and Peter Handke,
  • A Different History of Fashion by Lindbergh. Taschen, 2016. ISBN 978-3-8365-5282-0. With an introduction by Thierry-Maxime Loriot.
  • Peter Lindbergh. Shadows on the Wall. Taschen, 2017. ISBN 978-3-8365-6937-8.

Other publicationsEdit

  • Stern Fotografie - Smoking Women - Portfolio N°5. teNeues, 1996. ISBN 978-3570122990.
  • Stern Fotografie - Invasion - Portfolio N°29. teNeues, 2002. ISBN 978-3570193471.
  • I Grandi Fotografi of Corriere Della Sera. 2006. Part of the series with Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson.
  • Stern Fotografie Portfolio N° 47. teNeues, 2007. ISBN 978-3-570-19733-2.
  • Peter Lindbergh:100 photos pour la liberté de la presse. Reporters Without Borders, 2014. ISBN 978-2362200267. A magazine.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Peter Lindbergh". Peterlindbergh.com. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Biographical overview", peterlindbergh.net. Accessed 16 November 2011.
  3. ^ Ian Phillips (13 September 1997). "THE IMAGE MAKER | News | Lifestyle". The Independent. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Peter Lindbergh", in Photo Box: Bringing the Great Photographers into Focus (London: Thames & Hudson, 2009; ISBN 978-0-500-54384-9), p.414.
  5. ^ a b Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women" (Germany: Snoeck, 2008; ISBN 9783936859898), p.95.
  6. ^ Small, Rachel (November 2014). "A Search of Truth". Condé Nast. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d Böker, Carmen (29 May 2019). ""Peter Lindbergh – Women's Stories": Der Mann, dem die Frauen vertrauen". Die Zeit (in German). Archived from the original on 11 June 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  8. ^ Lindbergh, Peter. "Peter Lindbergh". artforum.com. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  9. ^ Menkes, Vogue (September 2015). "Suzy Menkes Vogue". Condé Nast. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  10. ^ Naomi, Linda, Tatjana, Christy, Cindy by Lindbergh,1990, Los Angeles Times. 1990
  11. ^ "January 1990" Archived 16 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Vogue Magazine Archive. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Cindy Sees". Vogue UK. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b Halliday, Sandra. "Peter Lindbergh dies, photographer created supermodel era". us.fashionnetwork.com. Archived from the original on 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  14. ^ Rogers, Patrick (August 2015). "Freedom!", Vanity Fair pp 144-147.
  15. ^ Milligan, Lauren (12 February 2015). "Donatella; Your supermodels need you!". Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  16. ^ Cotton, Charlotte (Fall 2008). "Peter Lindbergh, The Image Maker". The Observer London. The Observer. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  17. ^ Pit Lane News, Pirelli Calendar, Fastdates.com
  18. ^ Germaine Greer, "Get your kit on" Archived 20 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian, 13 November 2001
  19. ^ Lockwood, Lisa; Lockwood, Lisa (18 May 2016). "Peter Lindbergh to Shoot 2017 Pirelli Calendar". Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Peter Lindbergh ›› Books ›› "Vogue Germany"". Peterlindbergh.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Peter Lindbergh ›› Books ›› "Vogue Spain"". Peterlindbergh.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Peter Lindbergh "Models, The Film" New York 1991". column.no. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Inner Voices". mubi.com. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  24. ^ a b "Pina Bausch - A Portrait by Peter Lindbergh based on 'Der Fensterputzer'". mubi.com. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  25. ^ "film presentation on the Tribeca film festival website". Archived from the original on 3 September 2011.
  26. ^ a b "everywhere at once". hollyfisherfilm.com. 2010. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  27. ^ a b c Paton, Elizabeth (4 September 2019). "Peter Lindbergh, Photographer Who Captured Rise of the Supermodel, Dies at 74". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Various - The Hunger (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Discogs. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  29. ^ "The Look". thelook-derfilm.de/. Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  30. ^ "Jane Birkin - Quoi". Discogs. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Tina Turner / Foreign Affair / Capitol Records". interrecords.net. Archived from the original on 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  32. ^ "Tina Turner - Missing You (HD 16:9)". YouTube. 3 July 2014. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  33. ^ "Sheryl Crow / The Globe Sessions". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  34. ^ Harper, Leah (4 September 2019). "Meghan pays tribute to fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  35. ^ "MIKA - Last Party". YouTube. 8 April 2015. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  36. ^ Blanchard, Tamsin (6 August 2016). "Peter Lindbergh: 'I don't retouch anything'". The Observer. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  37. ^ "Fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh dies at 74". www.bbc.co.uk. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  38. ^ "German Fashion Photographer Peter Lindbergh Dies at 74". Time. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  39. ^ "The Model as Muse | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Metmuseum.org. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  40. ^ "Peter Lindbergh . On Street". C/O Berlin. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  41. ^ "Exhibition: Peter Lindbergh's Solo Debut in China". Chinadaily.com.cn. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  42. ^ "Exhibition: Peter Lindbergh Images of Women & The Unknown | Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU)". Hdlu.hr. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  43. ^ "Vogue like a painting - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid)". Museothyssen.org. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  44. ^ "Peter Lindbergh - 10 September - 20 December 2014 - Gagosian Gallery". Gagosian.com. 20 December 2014. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  45. ^ "Peter Lindbergh, Athens, February 4–April 23, 2016". Gagosian. 24 April 2018.
  46. ^ "Peter Lindbergh. A Different Vision On Fashion Photography". kunsthal.nl. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016.
  47. ^ "Peter Lindbergh. From Fashion to Reality". kunsthalle-muc.de. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017.
  48. ^ "KUNSTHAL TOURING EXHIBITION PETER LINDBERGH". kunsthal.nl. Archived from the original on 22 January 2018.
  49. ^ "2002 - 1991". Raymond Loewy Foundation. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  50. ^ "amfAR honors Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Peter Lindbergh at annual New York gala". Amfar.org. Retrieved 29 January 2016.

External linksEdit