German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose trademark was the simple and dramatic black and white portrait, has died at 74.
Lindbergh, born in 1944 in Lissa, Germany, worked as a window dresser for a department store before enrolling in the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1960s.
He moved to Düsseldorf in 1971 and turned his attention to photography, working for two years assisting German photographer Hans Lux, before opening his own studio in 1973. He moved to Paris in 1978 to further pursue his photography career.
Working in fashion photography, Lindbergh became known for rejecting excessive retouching of images of women, saying: “This should be the responsibility of photographers today, to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”
In 1988, Lindbergh received international acclaim by showing a new generation of models all dressed in white shirts.
Lindbergh has worked with…