Top models: Images by Peter Lindbergh

Top models: Images by Peter Lindbergh

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.

Lindbergh, born in 1944 in Lissa, Germany, 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.”

His work can be found in the permanent collections of a number of Fine Arts museums and galleries around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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