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PETER LINDBERGH - on Fashion Photography

PETER LINDBERGH - on Fashion Photography

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It was in 1988, on the beach in Malibu, that Peter Lindbergh created the White Shirts series. These simple shots, now very famous, set a precedent and introduced Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Rachel Williams, Karen Alexander, Tatjana Patitz and Estelle Lefébure to the world. This event marked the beginning of a new era that redefined beauty, and Lindbergh continued to change the landscape of fashion photography for decades to come.

This edition brings together over 300 photographs that retrace the 40 years of Lindbergh's career, celebrating the humanistic approach and cinematic touch of the German photographer, capable of creating images that are both seductive and introspective.

In 1980, Rei Kawakubo asked Lindbergh to create a campaign for Commes des Garçons: it was one of his first forays into the world of commercial photography. Kawakubo gave him carte blanche. In the following years, other collaborations followed with the most acclaimed names in fashion which resulted in a relationship of great mutual esteem: the respect that Lindbergh had for some of the greatest stylists of our time is palpable in his portraits. Among others, Lindbergh worked for Azzedine Alaïa, Giorgio Armani, Alber Elbaz, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Thierry Mugler, Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander and Yohji Yamamoto.

Considered by many to be a pioneer in his field, Lindbergh eschewed the standards of industrial beauty to celebrate the essence and individuality of his subjects. His contribution was crucial to the rise to success of models such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Mariacarla Boscano, Lara Stone, Claudia Schiffer, Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann and Kristen McMenamy.

The reach of Lindbergh's work extended throughout Hollywood and beyond: Cate Blanchett, Charlotte Rampling, Richard Gere, Isabelle Huppert, Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Brad Pitt, Catherine Deneuve and Jeanne Moreau appear in his shots. From the photograph Anna Wintour chose as the cover of her first Vogue issue to the legendary shot of Tina Turner on the Eiffel Tower, clothes, celebrity or glamor are never the focal point in her photographs. Each image conveys the humanity of its subject with a serene melancholy that is Lindbergh's distinctive, unique and unmistakable trait.

From the beginning of his career, Lindbergh was known in the contemporary art world, and his photographs were exhibited in galleries well before they appeared in magazines. This edition includes an updated introduction from a 2016 interview, offering a look behind Lindbergh's lens, in which the photographer discusses his early collaborations, the delicate relationship between art and advertising, and the power of storytelling.

Throughout the book's more than 500 pages, the affection Lindbergh always felt for his subjects is constantly evident. His photographs always prioritized personality over flawless appearances and his primary concern was understanding how his models and actresses wished to be portrayed .” —The New York Times, New York

> Peter Lindbergh (1944–2019) was a master of his craft, and left his mark in the annals of photography. She shot the first cover of American Vogue for editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, brought together for the first time a group of young women destined to become some of the greatest supermodels of the 1990s, and held numerous exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Center Pompidou in Paris, as well as personal exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin, at the Bunkamura in Tokyo, at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.

Editorial format: Hardback
Format: 15.6×21.7
Pages: 512
Color images:
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Language: GB-IT-E
Year: 2020

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