Peter Lindbergh’s Vision

A look at the photographer's innovative work

Landing: Eva Herzigova, 1996 @therealpeterlindbergh / Instagram Header: Robert Pattinson, 2016 @therealpeterlindbergh / Instagram

BY: PROVOKR Staff

Although German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh is often credited with creating the late 1980’s Era of the Supermodel—thanks to his exquisite shots of Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell—Lindbergh is much more humble about his accomplishment. “I was just photographing what I liked,” he said. ”The original supermodels were independent, beautiful women who spoke for themselves and didn’t look to their husbands or their background. But I didn’t have any ambition to change photography at the time.” Lindbergh did have a potent effect on contemporary photography, however. His mostly black and white photos showcased Lindbergh’s goal to accentuate unaltered authenticity. “If photographers are responsible for creating or reflecting an image of women in society, then, I must say, there is only one way for the future, and this is to define women as strong and independent,” he said. “This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.” Lindbergh, 72, is still actively plying his craft—shooting both actors and models. You can see outtakes from his shoots—both past and present—on his gorgeous Instagram feed.

 

 

Mads Mikkelsen, London, 2016. #FollowYourNature @marcopolo #MadsMikkelsen @theofficialmads #PeterLindbergh @2bmanagement @gagosiangallery

A photo posted by Peter Lindbergh (@therealpeterlindbergh) on

 

 

 

Paris sous la pluie #PeterLindbergh @2bmanagement @gagosiangallery A photo posted by Peter Lindbergh (@therealpeterlindbergh) on

 

 

 

 

Tina #TinaTurner #PeterLindbergh @gagosiangallery A photo posted by Peter Lindbergh (@therealpeterlindbergh) on