Peter Lindbergh is one of my favorite photographers. He has a unique technique which is recognizable and his photos are timeless. Women are often the subject of his photography and he has the ability to capture his subject’s deep side which gives his photographs a more serious tone.
Peter Lindbergh was born November 23, 1944 in Lissa. At the age of 18, he moved to Berlin and took evening courses at the Academy of Fine Arts. Months later he was inspired by his idol Vincent van Gogh– so he hitchhiked to Arles in the south of France where Van Gogh became recognized and painted several of his masterpieces. After spending a few months in Arles, he was yearning for more so he continued traveling and soon found himself journeying through Spain and Morocco. This was a growing period for Lindbergh that lasted two years.Lindbergh then returned to Germany where he studied painting at the College of Art in Krefeld. In 1969, while still a student, he had his first major exhibition of his work at the renowned Galerie Denise René/Hans Mayer.
It wasn’t until his 30’s when he found his love for photography. In 1978 he landed a fashion feature in Stern magazine which marked his status internationally as a fashion photographer. He moved to Paris and landed jobs with Vogue, Marie-Claire, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, and Rolling Stone. He then signed a four-year contract with American Harper’s Bazaar in New York. Many designers like Giorgio Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein hired him for their campaign ads. Lindbergh is now 67 and still one of the most sought after photographers. His most recent job was for US Vogue featuring Oscar nominee Natalie Portman.
photography by Peter Lindbergh
Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives.
Some people are drawn to create and express themselves, others are drawn to reflect, to analyze. But in the end, they all could be creative if they had the desire to explore the way in which they are integrated in the world of their experiences. Because creativity is really a rebirth, a true tone we feel for ourselves and for our world. THen our work becomes a real part of who we are. Maybe all this is a question of how deep we are willing to go…
by Peter Lindbergh
New York, June 1996