Beloved, Esteemed Photographer Peter Lindbergh, A True Friend to Women, Has Died at Age 74


Legendary fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has left his mortal body on September 3, 2019 at age 74. The announcement of his death came on Lindbergh’s Instagram Wednesday morning.

Lindbergh shot campaigns for Dior and Calvin Klein. His cinematic images in fashion publications, such as Vogue, W Magazine, Numero and more carried enormous credibility and artistry. Lindbergh photographed the Pirelli calendar twice, in 1996 and 2002.

Most recently, Lindbergh was the chief collaborator with HRH The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful on the September 2019 Forces for Change issue. The mammoth cover shoot took place over three continents and several days via video link. Lindbergh was the only man for the job. “He makes everybody feel their best,” said British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.

If you take out the fashion and the artifice, you can then see the real person. – Peter Lindbergh

The Forces of Change issue was Lindbergh’s first cover for the magazine since September 1992. Peter Lindbergh is perhaps best known for his famous fashion world January 1990 British Vogue cover featuring supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington.


Birgit Kos in 'La Parisienne' by Peter Lindbergh for Numéro 206 September 2019 Magazine

Birgit Kos in 'La Parisienne' by Peter Lindbergh for Numéro 206 September 2019 Magazine

Top model Birgit Kos wears bourgeois French chic looks styled by Babeth Dijan in “La Parisienne”. Photographer Peter Lindbergh captures the seasons’s tweed and houndstooth patterns for Numéro 206 September 2019 Magazine./ Makeup by Tom Pecheux; hair by Odile Gilbert

British Vogue's September 2019 Issue Shares 'Forces for Change' Cover By Peter Lindbergh

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue’s September 2019 issue, considered the most important issue of the year. Editor-in-chief-Edward Enninful invited Meghan to appear on the cover, but she declined, saying it would be considered “boastful”. With minions clamoring to criticize the Duchess at every turn in the road, declining was absolutely the correct decision.

Instead, the September 2019 British Vogue cover features 15 women who are “trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers”, according to a statement issued by Buckingham Palace.

The female ensemble of “trailblazing changemakers” includes activist actor Jane Fonda, climate change advocate, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and supermodel now maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns.

Markle has worked on the project for seven months, connecting with Michelle Obama and persuading her husband Prince Harry to join the dialogue with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

Rounding out the list are Adwoa Aboah, mental health campaigner and model; Adut Akech, Model and former refugee (although she says she will always be a refugee); Ramla Ali, boxer; Sinead Burke, diversity advocate and lecturer; Gemma Chan, campaigner and actor; Laverne Cox, LGBTQIA+ advocate and actor; Salma Hayek Pinault, actor, producer and women’s rights advocate; Francesca Hayward, royal ballet principal dancer; Jameela Jamil, body positivity advocate and actor; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and feminist; and Yara Shahidi, founder of Eighteen x 18 and actor (and adored by Michelle Obama).

Meghan said: “These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today.

“Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light.

“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.”

"To have the country's most influential beacon of change guest edit British Vogue at this time has been an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise," said Enninful. The September 2019 issue hits newsstands on Friday, August 2.

The cover is photographed by Peter Lindbergh — his first British Vogue cover since September 1992. Many of the women were photographed via video links.

The 16th spot on the cover will appear in print as a silver reflective mirror, to show how you, the reader, are part of this extraordinary moment in time – and to encourage you to use your own platform to bring change.

The Duchess will introduce Forces for Change in her own words in her guest editor’s letter, in addition to her interview with America’s former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Peter Lindbergh Eyes Rianne Van Rompaey In 'Wildest Dreams' For Vogue US July 2019

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Peter Lindbergh Eyes Rianne Van Rompaey In 'Wildest Dreams' For Vogue US July 2019

Model Rianne Van Rompaey gets cozy with actor Tomasz Kot in ‘Wildest Dreams’, styled by Grace Coddington and Michael Philouze. Photographer Peter Lindbergh captures the duo for Vogue US July 2019./ Makeup by Francelle; hair by Orlando Pita

Birgit, Luna + Vittoria Tribute Karl Lagerfeld, Lensed By Peter Lindbergh For Vogue Germany July 2019


Birgit, Luna + Vittoria Tribute Karl Lagerfeld, Lensed By Peter Lindbergh For Vogue Germany July 2019

Vogue Germany’s July 2019 cover story honors Karl Lagerfeld, celebrating the late designer in covers by Birgit Kos, Luna Bijl and Vittoria Ceretti. Styled by editor-in-chief Christiane Arp, the star trio is lensed in trademark Peter Lindbergh images wearing fall looks from Chanel and Fendi.

Gigi Hadid Covers Vogue Arabia's Second Anniversary Issue, Lensed By Peter Lindbergh

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Gigi Hadid Covers Vogue Arabia's Second Anniversary Issue, Lensed By Peter Lindbergh

Palestinian American supermodel Gigi Hadid celebrates the second anniversary of Vogue Arabia in her first image collaboration with esteemed photographer Peter Lindbergh. Wearing Giambattista Valli Couture and Givenchy Couture, the editorial was photographed in Paris during Fashion Week.

The March 2019 cover is Hadid’s 37th to date, and her second for Vogue Arabia after launching the magazine’s debut in 2017, shot by Inez & Vinoodh. It’s refreshing to see that the Twitter pc police didn’t run Hadid off this anniversary cover after her debut appearance.

“Being Arab has influenced me to be open and loving of all backgrounds, realizing that being more of one thing doesn’t make you less of something else,” she muses proudly, reflecting on the impact her Palestinian heritage has had on her life. Last year, Hadid was photographed celebrating Eid with pop star Zayn Malik, and also marched the streets of New York protesting against US President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban in 2017.

Not mentioned in Vogue Arabia, we note that Gigi Hadid is also a UN ambassador in refugee camps in the Muslim world.