A new book is being published in honor of revolutionary German fashion photographer, Peter Lindbergh (1944 - 2019). Raw Beauty, written by Michael Benson and designed by Baron and Baron will be published to coincide with Lindbergh's upcoming last self-curated exhibition, 'Untold Stories'.
The exhibition will be held in A Coruña, Spain, opening 4 December 2021, and running until 28 February, 2022.
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Raw Beauty is comprised of a sequence of interviews with the models, photographers, gallerists, art directors, curators and critics of whom played a key role in shaping the world of Lindbergh on his journey to becoming a renowned figure and pillar of contemporary fashion photography. The photographer and filmmaker unfortunately passed away in 2019 at the age of 74.
Famous for advancing the genre of fashion photography, Lindbergh has worked with a multitude of the world's most famous models and is credited with launching the era of the “top model”, shooting the first covers for American Vogue.
The result of Raw Beauty is an interconnected group of stories offering a unique insight into the relationship between subject and photographer. Many individuals when interviewed spoke of the joy felt when working with Lindbergh, and author Michael Benson states that the book comprises an "authentic set of voices" created by keeping himself away from the action process.
Benson continues: "Peter turned out to be an interviewer’s dream. All I needed to do was to ask ‘so what was it like, working with Peter? and the stories would come tumbling forth. Not only stories but photographs too...". The individual stories in Raw Beauty come together to create a highly personal portrait of Lindbergh as an artist who was obsessed by light and movement.(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)
The untouched and un-filtered portrait of a model had become Lindbergh's special niche in a world of facade, he was noted for depicting true raw beauty in his work and set women free from the tyranny of looking perfect at all times.
He worked with a Nikon F5 and simple Nikon 50mm f/1.4 or Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens for the majority of his images throughout the 90s, as reported by Anatomy Films (opens in new tab), and in his later years used the Nikon D4 and Nikon D5 to shoot portraits.(opens in new tab)