“Let’s free women from the terror of perfection,” he always said to his people


Peter Lindbergh, legendary fashion photographer, historical collaborator of the most important magazines in the industry and two-time creator of the Pirelli calendar, has died.

Lindbergh, the family announced on his official Instagram account, died on September 3, at the age of 74, and leaves behind his wife Petra, who is married after their divorce from their first, Astrid, and four children.

His models – Christy Turlington, Patitz, Helena Christensen, Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova, Naomi Campbell – were not “mannequins” on whom to paint makeup and pose clothes but authentic women, alive, endowed with personality and life is individuality.

Stylists used to take containers full of the most beautiful outfits on his sets and he insisted on dressing the models in a white t-shirt, jeans, wet hair and as little makeup as possible to let them be for once themselves: and even when photographing the clothes there were always women inside, one different from the other, not beautiful frozen mannequins in their abstraction.

His photos are in the collections of museums because a Lindbergh recognizes himself immediately: the black and white with the deep blacks like oil and the scale of the grays with the unmistakable grain of the film – he did not like digital – and above all life.

The life of his subjects, their freedom: Lindbergh, East German, was a man with a rocky appearance, tall and big with bear hands and the smile that between friends opened but opened the door, leaving room for an unmistakable sincere laugh. One who in fashion – and much more – knew everything, Franca Sozzani, threw him because he considered him a master when he still was unknown.

She had seen the finesse of his composition, he had first understood how modern Lindbergh’s love of disused industrial spaces was, a legacy of his end of East German.

In short, fashion loses an absolute master and the uni photography of its most gifted artists, with an unmistakable sign. A graphic sign but also of humanity: he photographed people and did it like a film director . . . he consumed film perhaps on set, his contact samples show very long sequences to capture the right expression, the expression of Truth. The only one who really cared.