They claim that it was him who invented top models. That may be a bit exaggerated. However, nobody can deny that the photo taken by Peter Lindbergh showing a group of stunningly beautiful young ladies strolling through the streets of New York changed the fashion world and started a new era of top models. Because these ladies weren’t any ordinary women but Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. In the early 1990s this very image appeared on the cover of the British “Vogue”. Until today it’s maintained its cult status, with Peter Lindbergh ranging among the most popular photographers of our time. For decades you can find his photos in every important fashion magazine. He’s been working for a number of famous fashion houses and his pictures have become an essential part of the fashion universe.
Peter Lindbergh manages to portray people in a very special way in his black-and-white photographs. So it’s not a surprise that celebrities all over the world are aching to have their picture taken by him. Be it Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Sharon Stone… The celebrity list for his models seems endless.
He even worked for the exclusive Pirelli Calendar. In 2017 the third calendar will be published with photos taken by the German photographer. The idea behind this year’s calendar according to the artist is: “A Cry against the Terror of Perfection and Youth”. For it he takes the pictures of stars like Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren and Penelope Cruz accentuating their naturalness and – which is quite unusual for the Pirelli Calendar – showing them dressed. You can take a look at some images of this calendar on the Instagram page of the Pirelli company and on the website.
Until 12 February 2017 you also have the chance of visiting the exhibition “A Different Vision on Fashion Photography” in the Kunsthal Rotterdam where 220 photographs by the German photographic genius are displayed. Besides Lindbergh’s characteristic black-and-white photographs this exhibit also provides unique insights into the work and the world of Peter Lindbergh for all those who are interested. The specter ranges from personal notes and unpublished pictures to Polaroids to video recordings made during photo shootings.
So if you still have the chance to fly to Rotterdam until February and if you’re interested in fashion and portrait photography, don’t miss this exhibit!