The biggest names in fashion are mourning the loss of a legendary fashion force: photographer Peter Lindbergh. Announced on September 4th, 2019, on his instagram account, the photographer’s team released a statement 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.”

Lindbergh’s recent and last subjects include rising Spanish pop-star Rosalia for Vogue Spain and Gigi Hadid for the Arabian edition. He also recently photographed the 2019 September issue of British Vogue, featuring fifteen female covers including 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand’s Prime Minister.



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Peter Lindbergh’s  career took off before the term “supermodel” was a thing, having shot some of the most iconic fashion photographs, including the first photo of supermodels Linda EvangelistaNaomi CampbellTatjana PatitzCindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington together for the cover of British Vogue. Lindbergh’s aesthetic revolves around raw, unedited moments, mostly in black and white.  

In Charlotte Cotton’s “The Image Maker,” Lindberg explains his inclination for black and white: “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.”


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