Peter Lindbergh


Peter Lindbergh is a German photographer and film maker who is known for his cinematic and realistic images. Lindbergh spent his early life in Germany, where he enrolled in the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. He later studied free painting at the College of Art in Krefeld after hitchhiking through Spain and North Africa. In 1971, Lindbergh moved to Dusseldorf where he assisted photographer Hans Lux before opening his own studio in 1973.


Peter Lindbergh redefined the standards of beauty with his images by capturing his subject’s natural beauty instead of using excessive retouching. He tries to show the soul and personality of the models with hardly any makeup.


Lindbergh received international acclaim in 1988 when he did photograph of a group of models all dressed in white shirts that he had recently discovered. This photo launched the careers of the models.

original supermodles

In 1990 Lindberg photographed Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz together for the first time for the January 1990 Vogue UK cover. This photograph started the era of the supermodel when George Michael used it as inspiration for music video of his song “Freedom 90.” Since then, Lindbergh has gone on to capture many more photographs for Vogue and other prestigious fashion brands and magazines including The New Yorker, The Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.


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