Many celebrities have paid tribute to the super star of fashion photography, with black and white photos to support it.
Known for his cinematographic shots of great figures in fashion and cinema, photographer Peter Lindbergh passed away on Tuesday, September 3, at the age of 74. “Considered a pioneer in his art, he has redefined contemporary fashion photography and its beauty standards by sublimating women of all ages”, could we read in a press release sent by his family.
A few weeks before his death, the German photographer participated to the special issue of Vogue UK, with Meghan Markle as editor-in-chief. On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex “Honored life and work” of the artist through a poignant message shared on his official Instagram account.
“Her work is recognized around the world for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, avoiding shopping sprees, and focusing on natural beauty with minimal makeup”, writes Prince Harry’s wife on social media. Evoking her past projects with the artist, Meghan Markle specifies that she has never considered another photographer than him to achieve “Forces for Change”, edition of British Vogue in which he immortalized actress Salma Hayek, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern or young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. “He will be greatly missed”, she concludes, sharing a photograph of the deceased as well as a snapshot of her by his side.
Among the many tributes posted on the networks, black and white pictures in support, that of Marion Cotillard has moved thousands of Internet users. “Peter, you are a gift. To art, poetry and beauty, to kindness and tenderness, to life in its beautiful and joyful simplicity ”, writes the actress on Instagram. “I absolutely loved working with you, those special moments where I could be totally myself. Your smile was everything. Dear Peter, I wish you a wonderful journey. I love you. My heart goes out to your beloved family. “
In May 2016, the star of The kid was chosen by Dior to embody its iconic Lady Dior bag. During a shooting in the Eiffel Tower, the meeting between the wife of Guillaume Canet and the famous photographer was widely talked about, remember France Inter this Thursday.
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Other stars of fashion and the 7th art, such as Naomi Campbell, Rihanna or Béatrice Dalle have also sent a message to the late photographer. “I’m so broken that I don’t have the words. Your vitality, your smile, your kindness and this generosity (…) Peter, so many memories linked to these 33 years spent together. I hope you rest with your daddy with the Lord ”, wrote the British top model. ” He had the capacity to transform your imperfections into something unique and magnificent… and his pictures always remained timeless ”, said his sidekick Cindy Crawford.
For his part, director Xavier Dolan recalled his meeting with the artist, when he ” realized that fashion and photography, separately or together, were inextricable parts ” of his work and his films. ” Peter’s death reminds me of past friendships and leaves me hoping for new ones with people as inspiring and inspired as he was ”, he writes. With a snapshot from the time, captured by Lindbergh himself, the actress Béatrice Dalle also paid tribute to the one who will forever be remembered by the stars.
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Peter Lindbergh was a gentle man and artist. We first met in Cannes, where he shot me on a beach wearing a tuxedo I had designed for myself – no one would dress me then! he stood there listening to my stupid insecurities, smiling. We put again in Paris on a rainy night in a small café. I was introduced to Franca Sozzani that evening. I sat at their table trying to pretend I belonged, hoping I belonged. They were unpretentious, and inviting. As I listened to them talking I realized that fashion and photography, separate or together, were inextricable parts of my work, film. That realization was essential to me. Peter’s death this morning reminds me of bygone friendships, and leaves me hoping for new ones with people as uncynical, inspiring and inspired as they were.