One of the most highly regarded fashion photographers of the past few decades, Peter Lindbergh has died at the age of 74. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Lindbergh was renowned for his realist and humanist approach to photography. His natural and candid images, often shot in black and white, went beyond mere appearances to capture the deeper characters of his subjects. An outspoken opponent of excessive re-touching, he once said, “There is no beauty without truth. All this fake making up of a person into something that is not them cannot be beautiful. It is just ridiculous”.
He worked closely with many brands, magazines, and personalities over the span of his years-long career. Indeed, Lindbergh is credited with heralding the beginning of the supermodel era with his iconic shot of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford in 1990, known as the “birth certificate” of the supers. He also directed several films and documentaries, including Inner Voices, which won the Best Documentary Award at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.
Take a look at some of our favourite images below: