Who better to kickstart our new category – ‘The Greats’, featuring the icons in photography – than Peter Lindbergh, the German fashion photographer credited with helping to create the supermodel phenomenon of the 1980s, is still on top form.

“What’s so striking about black and white photography is how it really helps a sense of reality to come through.” Peter Lindbergh

Although Lindbergh is a fashion photographer, his photography overlaps greatly into the art realm, with his models mostly shot in black-and-white and often in grittier, street environments. The juxtaposition of the great beauty of his chosen model with urban landscapes and rougher backdrops is what gives Lindbergh his distinctive style and makes us such fans.

The fashion story that initially grabbed our attention was this one, way back in 1990. It was shot in Marrakesh for Paris Vogue, with a very hot and steamy Helena Christensen.

Peter Lindbergh for Paris Vogue, 1990

And this iconic image from the 1980s – a large scale print, one from an edition of three, a highly selective mini series – was recently auctioned by Phillips de Pury for £57,650, showing Lindbergh’s continued popularity in the fashion and art worlds.

Peter Lindbergh, 1989. From left to right: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatiana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford.

Another iconic image that would be impossible to leave out of a Lindbergh post is this, “The Wild Ones”, 1991, featuring Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder and Stephanie Seymour. Solid gold.

Peter Lindbergh, 1991

There is also an exhibition of his iconic photography at C/O Berlin at the moment – Peter Lindbergh. On Street, Photographs and Films from 1980 – 2010, on from 25 September 2010 to 09 January 2011.

If you can’t make it over to Berlin, dry your tears – you can purchase the book from Amazon.
Peter Lindbergh: Photographs & Films: Katalog C/O Berlin