Peter Lindbergh – The Beauty of Reality

The woman is always more important than the clothes. – P. Lindbergh

Peter Lindbergh is one of the most interesting characters in the fashion industry. His controversial projects and unusual approach as a fashion photographer have made him a pioneer in contemporary photography. Lindbergh has always abhorred the idea of excessive retouching and displaying characterless models with heavy make-up. In his opinion, a woman’s true beauty is expressed by her natural, bare face, regardless of her “imperfections”.

This week, I had the great opportunity to go to his photo exhibition in Munich. Many of his world-famous and life-changing works were showcased on simple walls in black or white, corresponding to his favourite photography style. During the exhibition, I realised that Lindbergh had only captured women in motion or in their most expressive moments – the models were never overshadowed by the clothes they wore. After all, the sole purpose of clothes has always been for women to wear them, not to overwhelm them!

Peter Lindbergh and his work are most intriguing and leave a deep impression on anyone taking a look at his pictures. The models are able to show their personality on camera instead of hiding it underneath expensive designer dresses: the focus lies on the woman herself, anything else serves as an accessory.

This kind of mindset has led to the notorious Supermodel Era in the 80’s. Lindbergh has played a major part in shooting many world-famous models like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell to the supermodel league.

Lindbergh’s exhibition will be displayed until 28th August 2017 in Munich’s Kunsthalle. I can highly recommend this to any fashion or photography lover out there – you will not be let down!

-V.

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