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Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa

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Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa, the photographer and the couturier, were united by their love of black, a love that they would cultivate alike in silver print and solid color garments. Accompanying the exhibition Azzedine Alaïa, Peter Lindbergh at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa in Paris, this book celebrates their artistic partnership.
Hardcover9.4 x 12.9 in.3.25 lb240 pages
“…unforgettable images captured by the late, great Peter Lindbergh.”
“…a must for Alaïa or Lindbergh-obsessed bibliophiles.”
“Their collaborative vision was a rare kind of magic.”
“…showcases the unique bond between Alaïa and Lindbergh, and how it played out in their work.”
“…brings some of the pair’s most striking imagery to light.”
“…the story of two geniuses united by their love of monochrome.”
“Your coffee table requires this beautiful book.”
“We met in 1979, I believe. Ever since, Azzedine and I are hand in glove. I photographed his collections and I have countless portraits of him.”
Peter Lindbergh
Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa

Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa


The Love of Black

The powerful collaborations between Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa

Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa, the photographer and the couturier, were united by their love of black, a love that they would cultivate alike in silver print and solid color garments. Lindbergh ceaselessly turned to black and white to signify his search for authenticity in the faces he brought to light. Alaïa drew on the monochrome of timeless clothes to create veritable sculptures for the body.

In this book, the unique dialogue between the two artists is immortalized in print. Illustrating their community of spirit, its images are a celebration of their artistic partnership and testament to their history-making achievements in photography and fashion.

Despite their geographically opposed origins, Lindbergh and Alaïa pursued similar horizons. At the same time as Lindbergh’s reputation in Germany was growing thanks to his work in Stern magazine, and he set up his studio in Paris in 1978, Alaïa was the couturier shrouded in discretion whose sophisticated techniques were a treasured secret amongst the most important clients of Haute Couture.

Alaïa became the architect of bodies, revealing and unveiling them, while Lindbergh distinguished them by shining a light on their soul and personality. Step by step, they became the creators that dominated their respective disciplines. Both rejected any artifice that distracted from their true subject, and it is with great ease that they came together for a number of powerful collaborations.

Shared inspirations and aesthetic values are visible throughout their work. A beach in Le Touquet and the streets of old Paris reference a mutual love of black and white cinema and vast panoramas. The backdrop of an engine room illustrates the memory of an industrial German landscape for one and references the inordinate passion for functional design and architecture held by the other. Alaïa’s clothes act as pedestals for the smiles and eyes of the women who wear them: Nadja Auermann, Mariacarla Boscono, Naomi Campbell, Anna Cleveland, Dilone, Lucy Dixon, Vanessa Duve, Helene Fischer, Pia Frithiof, Jade Jagger, Maria Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Lynne Koester, Ariane Koizumi, Yasmin Le Bon, Madonna, Kristen McMenamy, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Spierings, Tina Turner, Marie-Sophie Wilson, Lindsey Wixson. For Lindbergh, who built his notoriety on the images of these supermodels, the authenticity of their traits is all that matters. The result is a potent black and white catalogue that reverberates with truthfulness and beauty.

The book accompanies the exhibition Azzedine Alaïa, Peter Lindbergh at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa, 18 rue de la verrerie, Paris, France.

With contritutions by Fabrice Hergott, director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paolo Roversi, photographer, and Olivier Saillard, fashion historian and director of the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa, Paris.
The photographer

Peter Lindbergh (1944–2019) was a master of his craft who made his mark in the halls of photography history, with such credits as shooting the first American Vogue cover under Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, bringing together for the first time a group of young women who would become the ’90s supermodels. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof, the Berlin Museum for Contemporary Art, Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, and Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.

Peter Lindbergh. Azzedine Alaïa
Hardcover24 x 32.7 cm1.47 kg240 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8655-9

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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19 Ratings

Great work

Joelle,October 27, 2021
I like Peter Lindberg's work very much. This book highlights the collaboration between the 2 artists. I enjoy this tribute each time I look at it.

Peter Lindbergh, Azzedine Alaia

Claude,October 27, 2021
What more is there to say: Quality. Peter Lindbergh is Quality. Taschen is Quality, and the combination is an exceptional book. As always.

Just great

Stefano,October 27, 2021
High quality print as always, great editing of the pictures and the mood of those two artist's work is rendered faithfully.

Peter Lindberg, Azzedine Alaïa

Jean-Claude,October 27, 2021
A very interesting and not well known side of Peter Lindberg's work resulting from his relationship with fashion creator Azzedine Alaïa.

Excellent service

Alain,October 27, 2021
I preordered this book, and from the moment it was available it was shipped directly to me. Very well packed. I was very satisfied!