I visited the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden recently and attended the exhibition Lightness of Being from one of my all-time favourite fashion photographers, Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019). A renowned German fashion photographer, Lindbergh was known for his black and white images and unique approach to capturing the essence and personality of his subjects.
He was highly influential in the world of fashion photography and collaborated with numerous iconic fashion magazines and brands.
Lindbergh’s work often emphasised natural beauty and authenticity, focusing on capturing the personality and individuality of his subjects rather than conforming to traditional beauty standards.
He believed in showcasing the real person behind the model or celebrity, often shooting them without heavy makeup or retouching.
Throughout his career, Lindbergh worked with many high-profile models and celebrities, including Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, and Cindy Crawford. His work had a significant impact on the fashion industry and helped redefine the standards of beauty in the world of fashion photography.
There was a great quote from the man himself within the show. ‘For me every photograph is a portrait you are photographing a relationship with the person you are shooting, there is an exchange, and that’s what the picture is.’
These iconic images, with over 100 works and first time being shown in Sweden, from the entire breadth of his vast career.
He was one of the worlds most prominent fashion photographers always creating a narrative and storytelling through the art of photography.
Lindbergh’s photography has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums worldwide, and his work has been featured in several books and publications. He left a lasting legacy in the fashion industry and continues to inspire photographers and artists around the world.
‘Suddenly you do something that is a success and people start to listen to you. It can take 10 years, but that is how you slowly start to exist. If you want to be taken seriously as an artist you have to do what feels right for you and not answer to others.’ Peter Lindbergh.