Photographer Peter Lindbergh Dies Aged 74

by SHOWstudio on 4 September 2019

Peter Lindbergh, the German photographer who has shot some of fashion's most iconic images in his decades working in the industry, dies at 74.

Peter Lindbergh, the German photographer who has shot some of fashion's most iconic images in his decades working in the industry, dies at 74.

SHOWstudio are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of the brilliant photographer Peter Lindbergh. His death was announced via Instagram in a post that read: '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. He leaves a big void.'

The mastermind behind some of the fashion industry's most iconic imagery, Lindbergh's monochromatic, sophisticated style, captured women at their most naturally beautiful. Refusing to act in accordance with the lustrous, 'touched up' perfection that permeates magazines and social media, Lindbergh preoccupied himself with his subject's humanity and essence. 'This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection,' stated Lindbergh on his website.

Most recently, Lindbergh photographed all of the female stars who appeared on the cover of the September 2019 issue of British Vogue. The issue, which celebrated 'Forces for Change' included climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and the mental health campaigner and model Adwoa Aboah. 'Peter sees beauty in real people, in real situations. He makes everybody feel their best.' British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful told Vogue online in July 2019.,

Lindbergh's photography pushed boundaries and were at times, particularly in the late 1980s, considered radical. He will always be remembered as a forerunner in the capturing of stripped-down images that showed a natural vision.

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