Peter Lindbergh: German Fashion Photographer Who Captured Rise Of The Supermodel, Dies At 74

Yesterday, the announcement was made through Lindbergh’s official Instagram account that Peter Lindbergh passed away at the age of 74. He was the German fashion photographer who is was credited with ushering in “the rise of the supermodel“.

Peter was born on 23rd November 1944 in Leszno, Poland. He began his artistic career as a painter and studied Fine Arts in the 60s at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. Later, he discovered his passion for the photographer and after finding he enjoyed taking pictures of his brother’s children. He opened his first photography studio in Düsseldorf in 1973, kicking off a professional career that spanned over four decades.

He made a huge impact on the fashion photography industry and it is difficult to overstate. His images of supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and actresses like Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman have graced the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He loves to photograph in black and white and composed beautiful images. In recent years, his comments on retouching have helped to push the fashion industry in a more positive direction.

Lindbergh said in the May 2016 issue of Art Forum 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 experience, to retouch the very personal truth of the face itself?”

He also once wrote, “This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”

Lindbergh’s passing was announced on his official Instagram account just hours ago.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd, 2019, at the age of 74,” reads the post. “He is survived by his wife Petra, his first wife Astrid, his four sons Benjamin, Jérémy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren. He leaves a big void.”

“A big void” is an understatement. As Lindbergh’s death reverberates across the photography industry and remembrances begin pouring in from models and editors who worked with him, take a moment to review some of Lindbergh’s most iconic work and pay homage to his legacy.

Photographers the world over owe him a debt of gratitude. May he rest in peace.

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