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Top models: Images by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh

German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose trademark was the simple and dramatic black and white portrait, has died at 74.

Peter Lindbergh holding a camera Image copyright Alamy

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.

He moved to Düsseldorf in 1971 and 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."

Fashion portrait showing Kate Moss Image copyright Peter Lindbergh
Image caption Kate Moss, Upstate New York, 1994

In 1988, Lindbergh received international acclaim by showing a new generation of models all dressed in white shirts.

Fashion portrait showing Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington Image copyright Peter Lindbergh
Image caption Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington, in Santa Monica, 1988

Lindbergh has worked with some of the biggest publications, including Vogue, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar US, and the Wall Street Journal Magazine.

Fashion portrait showing Debbie Lee Carrington and Helena Christensen Image copyright Peter Lindbergh
Image caption Debbie Lee Carrington and Helena Christensen, El Mirage, California, 1990

The photo above, showing actress Debbie Lee Carrington dressed as an alien and model Helena Christensen, is from Lindbergh's 1990 photo series ET Story for Italian Vogue. Science fiction representation and cinematic suspense was an ongoing theme in the photographer's work. The shoot was later described by the New York Times as the first ever narrative story in fashion photography.

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.

Portrait showing Angela Lindvall and Chris Dye Image copyright Peter Lindbergh
Image caption Angela Lindvall and Chris Dye, Warner Bros Studios, Burbank, California, 2004

Lindbergh also directed a number of films and documentaries, including Models, The Film in 1991 and Inner Voices in 1999, which won the Best Documentary Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2000.

Portrait showing Charlotte Rampling Image copyright Peter Lindbergh
Image caption Charlotte Rampling, London, 2016

In 2019, Lindbergh took a series of portraits for the September edition of Vogue magazine, which was guest-edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

The cover featured portraits by Lindberg of 15 women, including teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.

Front cover of Vogue magazine Image copyright Peter Lindbergh / PA Media

A tribute on the Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that there was "no other photographer [Meghan] considered to bring this meaningful project to life.

"His work is revered globally for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, eschewing photoshopping, and preferring natural beauty with minimal makeup."

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, looking at a rail of clothes Image copyright Peter Lindbergh / Vogue

Photos Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris

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