PETER LINDBERG IS A PROPAGUE OF BEAUTY WITHOUT RETAIN
The legendary photographer of the fashion industry was born on November 23, 1944 in the Polish city of Leszno. Soon after the child was born, the family moved to western Germany. Peter’s childhood took place in Duisburg. This port city has left a big mark in the soul of the photographer. Lindberg grew up observing some kind of harmony and coexistence of industrial areas and untouched natural landscapes. Later this will be reflected in his work.
Peter is fascinated by painting, he attends an art school, and after, enters the Krefeld Institute of Arts. He manages to participate in art exhibitions with his artwork. Gradually, the interest of a young man switches to a photograph, and in 1971, Lindberg gets his first camera. He starts with the work of assistant photographer Hans Lux. After 2 years he moved to Dusseldorf and received the status of an independent photographer.
The first significant step in his career, which brought fame, was a photo shoot for 7 turns of Stern Magazin magazine. In 1978, Peter decides to move to the fashion capital. After this, Lindberg’s works become very popular, he is invited to cooperate with reputable fashion magazines.
In Paris, Peter works with the best publications in the fashion industry. He shoots for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Rolling Stone, W, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, The New-Yorker. His contribution to the development of fashion photography is hard to overestimate. Famous top models and actresses have been in the lens of the master. Isabella Rossellini, Nastasya Kinsky, Mila Jovovich, Stephanie Seymour, Cate Blanchett, Monica Bellucci, Natalia Vodianova, Penelope Cruz, Madonna, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Tilda Swinton and many others have worked with the maestro.
In 1988, Lindberg creates an amazing photo for the Comme des Garzons campain. It shows three models resembling robots, against the backdrop of a huge steam engine. The conceptual nature of this snapshot underlines the changes taking place in all areas of society. In the same year, in New York, Peter received an international award for excellence in fashion photography. A couple of years later at the festival of fashion photography he was awarded the Grand Prix and the Gold Medal.
Lindberg is a revolutionary among fashion photographers. A distinctive feature of his work is naturalness. He was one of those who brought “non-ideality” into fashion. Peter practically did not use retouching, and make-up on the models was almost banned. Maitre also managed very well without skilful outfits and hairstyles. His models could only be in white men’s shirts and shorts, but the frames were cult.
He forbade editors to retouch their work. Red nose, freckles, wrinkles – all this is an important part, giving liveliness to shooting. All these features are not typical for a fashion-photographer, however Peter Lindberg was exactly like that. He managed to transfer much more than the outside of the model. Master penetrated the soul, both models and the viewer.
It is believed that Peter personally had a hand in creating the supermodel phenomenon. In 1990, the legendary photograph of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatiana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford decorated the cover of English Vogue. From that moment on, the era of supermodels began, with huge fees and wildly popular.
In 1992, Lindberg signed a five-year contract with Harper’s Bazaar, which is a unique case in the fashion industry. In the same year, his first documentary Models. In it, the supermodels of the 90s frankly talk about their experiences, walk around the city, fool around and have fun. Peter sincerely loves his heroines, presents the audience with their sweet and natural. Girls reciprocate the photographer, fully trusting and fulfilling any of his wishes.
In 1995, and then in 1997, Peter was awarded the title of the best fashion-photographer in Paris. In 1996, he was awarded the Raymond Lowe Award in Design. He also became an honorary member of the German Art Directors Club. In 1995, the photographer for the first time was invited to work on the legendary Pirelli calendar. Today, Lindberg is considered the absolute record holder, because his photos were decorated with 4 calendars: 1996, 2002, 2014 and 2017.
Significantly more than half of all the pictures that Lindberg made are monochrome. According to him, it is black and white photography that adds naturalness to the frames and removes unnecessary “advertising”. Peter has always been a great connoisseur of female beauty, and in his understanding of beauty is not limited to youth and perfection. He saw beauty in diversity, not relying on any imposed standards. Peter Lindberg is considered a guru of monochrome photography.