From the 1980s onwards Peter Lindbergh’s interpretation of fashion has been discussed around the World. It can be said that his work is inspired by the dancing style that occurred in the 1920s and by early German cinema.
He was originally more focused on art than photography, the painter Vincent van Gogh being his idol, and he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts before studying Free Painting at the College of Art in Krefeld (situated in North Rhine-Westphalia).
During his time as an artist he focused on Concept Art and achieved success in this field when he exhibited his work in Galerie Denise René/Hans Mayer in 1969.
However in 1971 he decided to focus on photography instead and assisted Hans Lux in his photography. But it was not until 1978 that Lindbergh’s career as a fashion photographer began when a highly admired fashion feature in Stern Magazine got him noticed. He has since worked for such fashion Magazines as Vogue, New Yorker, Marie- Claire, Rolling Stone, Allure and Vanity Fair, and has headed campaigns for the following: Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Jil Sander, Donna Karen as well as portraits of Mick Jagger, Madonna and many more.
Peter Lindbergh (2010) Biographical Overview [online] <http://www.peterlindbergh.com/#BIOGRAPHY> [23 November 2010]