Known for his memorable cinematic images, Peter Lindbergh is recognised as one of the most influential contemporary photographers. Born in Lissa (Germany) in 1944, he spent his childhood in Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia). He worked as a window dresser for a local department store and enrolled the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1960’s. He remembers these years : « I preferred actively seeking out van Gogh’s inspirations, my idol, rather than painting the mandatory portraits and landscapes taught in Art schools... »
Inspired by the work of the Dutch painter, he moved to Arles for almost a year, and then embarked a journey hitchhicking through Spain and North Africa. He later studied free painting at the College of Art in Krefeld. Influenced by Joseph Kosuth and the Conceptual movement, he is invited before graduating to present his work at the renowned avant-garde Galerie Denise René - Hans Mayer in 1969. After moving to Düsseldorf in 1971, he turned his attention to photography and worked for two years assisting German photographer Hans Lux, before opening his own studio in 1973. Becoming well known in his native country, he joined the Stern magazine family along with –photography legends Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Hans Feurer, and moved to Paris in 1978 to pursue his career.


Considered a pioneer in photography, he introduced a form of new realism by redefining the standards of beauty with timeless images. His humanist approach and idealisation of women sets him apart from the other photographers as he privileges the soul and the personality. He changed drastically the standards of the fashion photography in times of excessive retouching considering that there is something else that makes a person interesting, beyond their age. He explains : « This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.» His singular vision, presents them in their pure state, « in all honesty », avoiding all stereotypes as he privileges a face with hardly any make-up, in a baring that enhances the authenticity and the natural beauty of his women, he offers a new interpretation of women post-1980’s without paying too much attention to the clothes, considering that : « If you take out the fashion and the artifice, you can then see the real person. » Lindbergh says. British journalist Suzy Menkes points out that the German photographer is : « Refusing to bow to glossy perfection is Peter Lindbergh's trademark – the essence of the images that look into each person's unvarnished soul, however familiar or famous the sitter. »


He is the first photographer to include a narrative in his fashion series, his storytelling brought a new vision of art and fashion photography. Over the years, he has created images that marked the history of photography, characterized by a minimalist approach of the post-modernist photography. Back in 1988, Lindbergh garnered international acclaim by showing a new generation of models all dressed in white shirts that he had recently discovered and launched their carreers. A year later, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, young models then, were photographed together for the first time by him for the legendary January 1990 Vogue UK cover.

Initiator of the movement of the « Supermodels », pop singer George Michael was inspired by the photographs taken by Lindbergh for Vogue, to create the iconic video for his song Freedom 90, followed by Gianni Versace, marking the beginning of the era of the celebrity-models, which redefined the image of the new modern woman.


Famous for his narrative fashion series, his work is best known for his simple and revealing portraits, his still lifes and his strong influences from early German Cinema and industrial surroundings of his childhood, dance and cabarets, but also landscapes and outer space. Lindbergh works with the most prestigious fashion brands and magazines since the late 1970’s, including international editions of Vogue, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar US, Wall Street Journal Magazine, The Face, Visionaire, Interview and W.


His work is part of many permanent collections of Fine Arts Museums around the world and has also been presented in prestigious Museums and galleries. Among them, the upcoming exhibition A Different History of Fashion at Rem Koolhaas’ Rotterdam Kunsthal, but also The Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), solo exhibitions at Hamburgerbanhof (Berlin), Bunkamura Museum of Art (Tokyo) and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow) among others.


Lindbergh directed a number of critically acclaimed films and documentaries ; Models, The Film (1991) ; Inner Voices (1999), which won the Best Documentary prize at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2000 ; Pina Bausch, Der Fensterputzer (2001) and Everywhere at Once (2007), narrated by Jeanne Moreau was presented at the Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Lindbergh is represented by Gagosian Gallery.


Lindbergh currently lives between Paris, Arles and New York.




Paris (Gagosian Gallery) One man exhibition

Moscow (Multimedia Art Museum) Group exhibition



Antwerpen (FotoMuseum) One man exhibition

Beijing (Ullens Center For Contemporary Art) One man exhibition


Berlin (C/O Berlin) One man exhibition

Moscow (Photobiennale Festival, Grand Manezh) One man exhibition


New York (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Group exhibition

New York (ICP International Center of Photography) Group exhibition


Goslar (Mönchehaus Museum for Contemporary Art) One man exhibition

Arles (Église des Frères Prêcheurs) One man exhibition


New York (Norman Foster Gallery, Hearst Tower) One man exhibition

Lille (Festival Transphotographiques) One man exhibition

Hamburg (Deichtorhallen) Group exhibition

Berlin (Camera Work) One man exhibition


Tokyo/Japan (Galerie Sho Contemporary Art) Group exhibition

New York (Cook Fine Art) Group exhibition

Milano (Centro Internazionale di Fotografia) One man exhibition

Amsterdam (FOAM, Fotografiemuseum) Group exhibition


Düsseldorf (Kunsthalle) Group exhibition

Moscow (State Exhibition Hall) Group exhibition


Pingyao/China (Photography Festival) Group exhibition

Curitiba/Brazil (Museu Metropolitano de Arte) Group exhibition

São Paulo/Brazil (OCA Niemeyer Art Pavilion) Group exhibition

New York (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Group exhibition


Oberhausen (Ludwig Museum Schloss) One man exhibition

Tokyo/Japan (Haras Museum of Contemporary Arts) Group exhibition

Lille (Palais des Beaux-Arts) One man exhibition

Berlin (Camera Work Gallery) One man exhibition


Moscow (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts) One man exhibition

Seoul/Korea (Daelim Museum) Group exhibition

Paris (Maison Européenne de la Photographie) Group exhibition

Paris (FIAC, Hall 4) One man exhibition

London (Victoria & Albert Museum) Group exhibition

Hamburg (Deichtorhallen Museum) Group exhibition

Düsseldorf (Galerie Hans Mayer) One man exhibition

Berlin (Camera Work Gallery) Group exhibition


New York (Brooke Alexander Gallery) Group exhibition

Knokke (Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art) One man exhibition

Tokyo/Japan (Seibu) One man exhibition


Kobe/Japan (Museum Kobe) One man exhibition

New York (The Guggenheim Museum) Group exhibition

Fukuoka/Japan (Jisho Artium) Group exhibition

Knokke (CultuurCentrum) One man exhibition

Milano (Carla Sozzani) One man exhibition


Düsseldorf (NRW-Forum Kultur) One man exhibition


Hamburg (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe) One man exhibition

Milano (Palazzo dell'Arte) One man exhibition

Roma (Palazzo delle Esposizioni) One man exhibition

Vienna (KunstHaus, Wien) One man exhibition


Osaka/Japan (Daimura Museum) One man exhibition

New York (James Danziger Gallery - 1993) One man exhibition/Group exhibition

London (Hamiltons Gallery Work) One man exhibition

Berlin (Camera Work Gallery) One man exhibition

Berlin (Museum Hamburger Bahnhof) One man exhibition


Frankfurt a.M. (Kunsthalle Schirn) One man exhibition

Los Angeles (Fahey Klein Gallery) One man exhibition

Tokio (Bunkamura Museum of Art) One man exhibition


Berlin (Art Library) Group exhibition

Nagoya/Japan (Nagoya Art Museum) Group exhibition

Osaka/Japan (Suntory Museum) Group exhibition


London (Saatchi Gallery) Group exhibition

Tokyo/Japan (Bunkamura Gallery) One man exhibition


Paris (Centre National de la Photographie) Group exhibition

New York (James Danziger Gallery) Group exhibition


Marseille (Musée de la vieille Charité) One man exhibition


Barcelona (Mercat del Born) One man exhibition

London (The Royal College of Art) Group exhibition

London (Victoria & Albert Museum) Group exhibition

Düsseldorf (Galerie Hans Mayer) One man exhibition

New York (The Aperture Foundation) Group exhibition


New York (Holly Solomon Gallery) Group exhibition

London (National Museum of Photography) Group exhibition


London (National Center of Photography) Group exhibition


Paris (Centre Georges Pompidou) One man exhibition

Bradford/England (National Museum of Photography) Group exhibition


London (Victoria and Albert Museum — 1991) Group exhibition




2011 Beijing (Ullens Center For Contemporary Art) One man exhibition



2010 Berlin (C/O Berlin Museum) One man exhibition

The making of the exhibition

The opening

The lecture

The press conference


2003 Lille (Palais des Beaux-Arts) One man exhibition



1997 Berlin (Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of the Contemporary Age) One man exhibition



1996 Tokyo/Japan (Bunkamura Museum of Art) One man exhibition

The making of the exhibition

The exhibition




Peter Lindbergh interviewed by Jérôme Sans for the exhibition "The Unknown", held at UCCA Center, Beijing, 2011


PETER LINDBERGH — A MASTER OF BALANCE - KLAUS HONNEFPublished for the exhibition "Images of Women and Invasion", held at the "Mönchehaus museum of contemporary art", Goslar, 2009


ABOUT PETER LINDBERGH – BY WIM WENDERSWritten for the book "Stories",  published at Arena Books, USA 1998


IMAGES OF WOMEN - INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN HARRISSONFor the book "Images of Women", published at Schirmer and Mosel, 1997


FOREWORD BY KARL LAGERFELDIntroduction for the book "10 Women", published at Schirmer and Mosel, 1996



Der Steiger Award

Dortmund, Germany


"Honor Award" amFAR Gala

New York, USA


"Fashion Layout of the Year" Lucie Awards

New York, USA


Gold medals for "Best Photography" and "Best Magazine Concept", Lead Awards

Hamburg, Germany


"Best Photographer Award", Prix de la Moda
Madrid, Spain


"Fashion Layout of the Year" Lucie Awards

New York, USA


"Outstanding Achievement in Photography" Lucie Awards
New York, USA


"IFTC Best Short Documentary Award" for the film "Inner Voices" at the "International Festival of Cinema 2002"
Toronto, Canada


"Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres"
Paris, France


"Best Photographer 1997", The Fashion Awards
Paris, France


"The Raymond Loewy - Lucky Strike Design Award"
Europe's most prestigious design prize
Berlin, Germany


"Photokina Top Award", Peter Lindbergh Pirelli Calendar
Cologne, Germany


"Distinctive Merit Award" for "Madonna Makes Dance"
Society of Publication Designers
New York, USA


"Best Photographer 1994", The Fashion Awards
Paris, France


"Gold Medal", International Festival of Photography
Barcelona, Spain


"Grand Prize", International Festival of Photography
Budapest, Hungary


"Highest Achievement Award for Photography"
Night of Stars
New York, USA