The German photographer sadly passed away on September 3 2019.

One of the world’s most renowned fashion photographers, Peter Lindbergh, has died. The announcement was made via his Instagram account this morning and his cause of death is not yet known.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd 2019, at the age of 74.

He is survived by his wife Petra, his first wife Astrid, his four sons Benjamin, Jérémy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren.

He leaves a big void.”

Famous for photographing stars such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell to dozens of British Vogue covers, his signature black and white imagery stunned many. His aim was to capture women in their most naturally beautiful form. He ultimately changed the definition of beauty within the fashion industry. Defying the norm of airbrushed perfection from some of the media and magazines as well as the likes of Instagram, he focused on his subject and their true self, personality and essence.

He once said, “this should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”

While shooting the Pirelli calender (1996, 2002, and 2017) he would take photos of actresses rather than models. For the 2017 edition, he photographed a number of idols who wore little makeup and had not been styled. He stated in a press conference at the time that he had hoped to “remind everyone that there’s a beauty that’s more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests.” He went on to say, “beauty speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your very own sensibility – that’s my definition of a woman today. That’s the goal of the calendar – to the show the woman. And not this stretched, manipulated, emptied [person] you see in the magazines today.”

Image: mage: @therealpeterlindbergh / SussexRoyal via The Mirror

One of his last most prominent pieces of work was British Vogue’s September Issue, in which he worked with Edward Enniful and HRH The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The iconic issue was based around a series of significant and influential women who were crowned ‘Forces of Change’. It featured some of the most leading female faces in the world; Greta Thunberg, Laverne Cox and Jacinda Adern, just to name a few. This was the first ever British Vogue issue to be co-edited; Meghan Markle had worked with Lindbergh previously and personally chose him for this particular issue to photograph these carefully chosen people.

Tributes to Lindbergh have been paid throughout the world. He’ll be missed by many but his legacy and work will go on eternally.

Feature image: Harper’s Bazaar