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Peter Lindbergh A Different History of Fashion

by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Peter Lindbergh



ISBN:9783836552820
Format:Hardback
Page Extent:500 pages

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The Lindbergh lens - Unique fashion storytelling that first launched the supermodels

When German photographer Peter Lindbergh shot five young models in downtown New York City in 1989, he produced not only the iconic British Vogue January 1990 cover but also the birth certificate of the supermodels. The image didn’t just bring revered faces together for the first time; it marked the beginning of a new fashion era and a new understanding of female beauty. 

Coinciding with his major retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, this book gathers more than 400 images from four decades of Lindbergh’s photography to celebrate his unique and game changing storytelling. Raw and seductive at once, his trademark monochrome pictures are marked by a romantic and narrative vision which brought a new vision and artistry to the art and fashion world.

Considered a pioneer in photography, he introduced a form of new realism by redefining the standards of beauty with timeless images. Whether in single portraits or poetic compositions of figure and landscape, the imagery is inflected by cinematic language and by a play with female archetypes as his subjects adopt the guise of dancers, actresses, heroines, and femme fatales. At the same time, Lindbergh brings a humanist approach to photography, privileging natural and authentic beauty in an era of pervasive retouching, capturing spirit and personality as much as looks, and celebrating the elegance and sensuality of older women.

In a testimony to Lindbergh’s illustrious status in the fashion world, his images are contextualized by commentaries from collaborators such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicole Kidman, Grace Coddington, Cindy Crawford, and Anna Wintour, who chose Lindbergh to shoot her first US Vogue cover. Their tributes explain what makes Lindbergh’s images so unique and powerful.


About the Author

Peter Lindbergh

Fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh can claim a few weighty titles; 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 US Vogue. It is these extraordinary achievements that keep him at the very top of the international fashion and celebrity world. But beyond this dazzling list of firsts, Lindbergh crafts compelling narratives of enduring beauty. In trademark monochrome, his penetrating portraits celebrate beauty in myriad guises, and, particularly, over time and age. Born in Duisburg, Germany, Lindbergh began his career as a window dresser for the Karstadt and Horten department stores. 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 is 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, has 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 US, Wall Street Journal Magazine, The Face, Visionaire, Interview and W. Naturally, any publication on Lindbergh, is not complete without his images of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington, that heralded a new age of beauty, fashion, and womanhood.