FROM FASHION TO REALITY
CHARACTER INSTEAD OF SUPERFICIAL BEAUTY
Lindbergh’s predominantly black and white photographs that capture the fleeting moment opened up a new dimension of realism in fashion photography, revolutionizing the visual idiom of the well-known magazines and fashion labels. Avoiding the artifice of fashion photography, he was the first to focus on the unique personalities of his models. Instead of beautifully dressed human ‘clothes horses’, he portrayed self-assured, expressive personas. While the focus of influential fashion magazines had hitherto been on the clothes, the spotlight was now being shone onto the women presenting them. Linda, Cindy, Naomi or Kate – just the first names of his models became household names throughout the world.
“HOW CRAZY AND UNREAL IS THE IDEA OF ERASING ALL YOUR EXPERIENCES FROM YOUR FACE?”
Lindbergh’s preference for natural styling and his distaste for digital manipulation form the essence of his artistic creation: he is not interested in trendy lifestyle pictures or superficial images of archetypes, but aims at capturing individual, at times remarkable beauty. This is conveyed in the expressive portraits of the who-is-who in the worlds of fashion, music, dance, and film of the last decades; among them are Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tina Turner, Madonna, Pina Bausch, Pharell Williams, and many others.