Peter Lindbergh, R.I.P.

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Photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose work has appeared here multiple times, passed away last week (9.3.19) at age 74. Lindbergh was born in the waning days of World War II in what was still German occupied Poland. After studying art and photography, he worked as a window dresser in Germany and Holland, finally opening his own photo studio in the 1970’s. By the late 1980’s he’d achieved international acclaim for numerous high-profile fashion editorials and was instrumental in the rise of the 1980’s-90’s celebrity supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and others.

In a marketplace dominated by lush, color-saturated images and severe figure distortions designed to enhance the apparel and accessories, Lindbergh’s work was characterized by a uniquely naturalistic style, often in black and white and looking more like candid shots, even though this was achieved with an army of stylists and assistants. Here are just a few pieces of Peter Lindbergh’s work with models Mila Jovovich and Mariacarlo Boscono. Indulge me with this and the next post, an adaptation of an older one from back in February showing a 1991 shoot with models Karen Mulder and Linda Evangelista as Depression era gangsters Bonnie And Clyde.

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