“If photographers are responsible for creating or reflecting an image of women in society, then, I must say, there is only one way for the future, and this is to define women as strong and independent. This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”
Perhaps best known for his cinematic images of women with little to no retouching at all, Peter Lindbergh has climbed the ranks, deservingly so, as one of the most sought after fashion photographers of today. He openly and brazenly celebrates women as they are, with all of their “imperfections”, in a world where we are spoon fed the idea that only perfectionism and youth are acceptable standards of beauty.
A Different Vision on Fashion Photography explores Peter Lindbergh’s work from his first Vogue cover that was rejected in the United States, but embraced overseas in 1990, which seemingly changed the fashion industry overnight and created a new breed of supermodel stardom; something of which the world had never seen. There is a forward in the book which talks about where his career started in Poland, how he made his mark on the fashion world and how he continues to do so today.
A Different Vision on Fashion Photography is a book to be celebrated. Lindbergh’s work is divided by various designers from the early 90’s through today. I found myself lost in a trance for hours by skimming mostly black and white images that will withstand the test of time and continue to challenge the superficial world that is getting closer to becoming a reality. His work is raw, powerful and thought provoking. With over 400 incredible images, this inspirational book comes highly recommended. Pick up a copy of it here!