Photographer Peter Lindbergh’s elegant, emotive and cinematic aesthetic, typically shot in black and white, has led to campaigns for Calvin Klein and David Yurman and editorial work for fashion’s greatest publications.
Lindbergh moved to Paris in 1978 and started working for Vogue, shooting for the Italian, English, French, German and American editions. Later the photographer shot for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, and Rolling Stone.
In 1988, when Anna Wintour arrived at American Vogue, the editor-in-chief swiftly signed Lindbergh for the magazine. He shot Wintour’s first, and at the time revolutionary, American Vogue cover, featuring a model in a Jean Paul Gaultier couture sweatshirt and jeans.
Lindbergh also photographed the January 1990 Vogue cover that featured Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington, which would become one of the most iconic fashion images of that era.
Lindbergh was one of the first photographers to incorporate storylines into his fashion editorials. His 1990 shoot of Helena Christensen playing a Martian for Italian Vogue is deemed the staring point in the evolution of fashion editorials becoming narratives. In 1992 American Harper’s Bazaar put Lindbergh under exclusive contract at the insistence of then editor Liz Tilberis.
The photographer has shot the Pirelli calendar twice, in 1996 and 2002. The 2002 calendar featured actresses instead of models for the first time and was shot on the back lot of Universal Studios. It was described by feminist Germaine Greer in The Guardian as "Pirelli's most challenging calendar yet."
In both 1995 and 1997 he was named Best Photographer at the International Fashion Awards in Paris. In 2005 he was awarded the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Photography.