Uma Thurman and Peter Lindbergh Celebrate Beautiful Women at Gagosian
The famed photographer has shot some of the world's most beautiful women.
The new book, a compilation of 161 images, which was released in January this year, is a sequel to his first book, Images of Women (1997).
Lindbergh was born in Lissa, Germany and spent his childhood in Duisburg. After working as a window dresser for the Karstadt and Horten department store in the city, he moved to Lucerne, Switzerland, then on to Berlin to take courses at the Academy of Arts. He subsequently hitchhiked to France, Spain, and Morocco.
After his two-year journey, Lindbergh returned to Germany to study painting in Krefeld. In 1972, by chance, he became an assistant for Düsseldorf-based photographer Hans Lux. Afterwards, Lindbergh launched his own studio.
His meteoric rise to international fame came at the heels of his debut working for Italian, British, French, German and and American Vogue. Lindbergh’s interest in shooting in black and white comes from his belief that the monochromatic palette “brings out the [subject’s] personality more.” He has said that color photographs can often look like advertisements.
In 1988, Anna Wintour arrived at American Vogue and hired Lindbergh to capture the image for her first cover. His iconic (even groundbreaking) photo of Israeli model Micaela Bercu candidly sporting a black haute couture jacket by Christian Lacroix and stonewashed Guess jeans, is forever burned into the minds of Vogue fans everywhere.
In his 40-plus-year career, Lindbergh has shot for many esteemed magazines including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone. He’s captured imaginations with his raw unfiltered images for the advertisements of Commes des Garçon and shaped the way fashion photography is perceived.
The renowned photographer has also shot the Pirelli calendar twice, in 1996 and in 2002 (see Steven Meisel Shoots Arty Nudes for Pirelli’s Provocative Annual Calendar).
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