When auto correct doesn’t correct your last name, you know you’ve done something right. As I type Lindbergh into this post, the name remains untouched and stands alone in it’s strength. A reflection of Peter Lindbergh’s style, the photographer’s anti re touching philosophy became a household name in the realm of fashion photography. PL was a German photographer who’s anti-editing philosophy and powerful black and white images of actresses and models showcased the truth behind beauty, one that had nothing to do with physical appearance. Lindbergh saw elegance, beauty and strength in the experiences these women had lived, not in the glossy, perfected and airbrushed images the fashion world was used to.
“The first rule of beauty is truth”
It’s this philosophy that Peter Lindbergh developed his own style. He recognized that real glamour was woven within the trails the women he photographed walked and the truth of their experiences that led them to be the women they were.
"When you look in the magazines, the women have no experiences or any marks of a past or of anything...and they are totally wiped out and washed out and I think that's insane," he said. "That dream of perfection and that dream of forever young is a ridiculous thought."
He was famed for the rise of the supermodel and shot powerful celebrities across the board including Cindy Crawford, Noami Campbell, Lupita Nyong'o, Helen Mirren and Uma Thurman and Kate Moss.
With the appreciation for truth and experience, PL was able to build a career on giving people the space to be themselves, to tell their stories and to see beauty as a journey and not a destination.