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Peter Lindbergh

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, and numerous exhibitions at renowned institutions including Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as 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

The late photographer Peter Lindbergh was the first to photograph the original supermodels, the first to shoot a Pirelli Calendar three times, and the first ever to get behind a camera for the cover of Anna Wintour’s U.S. Vogue. It is these extraordinary achievements that kept him at the very top of the international fashion and celebrity world throughout his career. But beyond this dazzling list of firsts, Lindbergh is also known for having created compelling narratives of enduring beauty. In trademark monochrome, his penetrating portraits celebrate beauty in myriad guises, and, particularly, across time and age.

Lindbergh began his career as a window dresser for the Karstadt and Horten department stores in Duisburg. After traveling and studying at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts he joined the Stern magazine family along with photographers Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer. Lindbergh’s work is characterized by a dark cinematic quality and gritty realism and was influenced by street photographers and photojournalists like Dorothea Lange, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Garry Winogrand. His refusal to subscribe to beauty standards, including the excessive retouching and obsessive perfection enforced in the fashion industry, set him apart from his peers.

TASCHEN’s books on Peter Lindbergh survey his vast body of work and provide a unique window to his biography. The books include editorials, covers, and portraits from magazines like The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar U.S., Wall Street Journal Magazine, The Face, Visionaire, Interview, and W. Of course, any publication on Lindbergh is not complete without his images of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington, which heralded a new age of beauty, fashion, and womanhood.