November 23, 1944|
|Spouse(s)||Astrid Mayer, Petra Sedlaczek|
After a basic school education he worked as a window dresser for the Karstadt and Horten department stores in Duisburg. At 18, he moved to Switzerland. Eight months later, he went from Lucerne to Berlin and took evening courses at the Academy of Arts. He hitchhiked to Arles in the footsteps of his idol, Vincent van Gogh. After several months in Arles, he continued through to Spain and Morocco, a journey that took him two years.
Returning to Germany, he studied Abstract Art at the College of Art in Krefeld (North Rhine-Westphalia). In 1969, while still a student, he exhibited his work for the first time at the Galerie Denise René - Hans Mayer. Concept Art marked his last period of interest in art. In 1971 his interest turned toward photography and for two years he worked as the assistant to the Düsseldorf-based photographer, Hans Lux.
Lindbergh moved to Paris in 1978 and started working internationally for Vogue, first the Italian, then American, English, French, Chinese, and the German edition, later for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, W, Allure, Interview, Stern, Rolling Stone and Harper's Bazaar. His mostly black-and-white photographs, implement a pictorial language that takes its lead from early German cinema and from the Berlin art scene of the 1920s.
Lindbergh made portraits of various celebrities. He photographed the January 1990 British Vogue cover that featured Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington. The portrait inspired singer George Michael to cast those models in the video for his song "Freedom '90".
His first book, 10 Women by Peter Lindbergh, a black-and-white portfolio of ten contemporary models, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, Kristen McMenamy & Tatjana Patitz was published in 1996 and had sold more than 100,000 copies as of 2008.
Lindbergh shot twice the Pirelli calendar, in 1996 and 2002. The latter, which featured actresses instead of models for the first time, was shot on the back lot of Universal Studios, and was described by Germaine Greer as "Pirelli's most challenging calendar yet."
Lindbergh was the first photographer to incorporate storylines into his fashion editorials. A photographic story with Helena Christensen and a Martian for Italian Vogue in 1990 was the beginning of narrative used in fashion photography.
There have been dozens of exhibitions featuring Lindbergh’s work around the world since his photography was included in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Shots of Style exhibition in London in 1985. After their Paris debut, Comme des Garçons exhibited a solo show of photographs by Lindbergh at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1986. Lindbergh's Smoking Women, first shown in the Galerie Gilbert Brownstone in Paris in 1992, travelled to Tokyo's Bunkamura Gallery in 1994 and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt in 1996. The same year, prompted by the reaction to the 1994 show, the Bunkamura Museum of Art accorded Lindbergh a retrospective, which broke the previous attendance records set by the Jacques Henri Lartigue and Leni Riefenstahl retrospectives held by the Museum.
In 1997, Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof showed Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women, which toured museums in Hamburg, Milan, Rome, and Vienna in 1998, followed by showings at the International Photography Festival in Japan in 1999 and 2000. Irina Antonova brought Images of Women to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow in 2002, making Lindbergh the first photographer exhibited by the Pushkin.
In April and May 2011, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China exhibited The Unknown, Lindbergh’s gigantic installation, which was curated by Jerome Sans. It attracted more than 70,000 visitors.
From April 7 to May 10, 2014 the Meštrović Pavilion HDLU Museum in Zagreb exhibited The Unknown & Images of Women. The most popular contemporary art event of the last 10 years in Croatia and neighboring countries, as per the Museum curator. From September 10 to November 22, 2014 Lindbergh had his first solo exhibition in Paris in more than a decade at Gagosian Paris. Due to the show' success, the exhibition was extended through December 20, 2014.
Selected solo exhibitions
- 1986 : Paris (Centre Pompidou)
- 1991 : Düsseldorf (Galerie Hans Mayer)
- 1991 : Barcelona (Mercat del Born)
- 1992 : Marseille (Musée de la Vieille Charité)
- 1994 : Tokyo (Bunkamura Gallery)
- 1996 : Tokyo (Bunkamura Museum of Art)
- 1996 : Los Angeles (Fahey Klein Gallery)
- 1996 : Frankfurt (Schirn Kunsthalle)
- 1997 : Berlin (Museum Hamburger Bahnhof)
- 1997 : Berlin (Camera Work Gallery)
- 1997 : London (Hamiltons Gallery)
- 1997 : New York (James Danziger Gallery)
- 1997 : Osaka (Daimaru Museum)
- 1998 : Wien (KunstHaus)
- 1998 : Roma (Palazzo delle Esposizioni)
- 1998 : Milano (Palazzo dell’Arte)
- 1998 : Hamburg (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe)
- 1999 : Düsseldorf (NRW-Forum)
- 2000 : Milano (Galleria Carla Sozzani)
- 2000 : Knokke-Heist (Cultuurcentrum)
- 2000 : Kobe (Museum Kobe)
- 2001 : Rencontres d'Arles, Arles.
- 2001 : Tokyo (Seibu)
- 2001 : Knokke (Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art)
- 2002 : Düsseldorf (Galerie Hans Mayer)
- 2002 : Paris (FIAC)
- 2002 : Moscow (The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts)
- 2003 : Berlin (Camera Work)
- 2003 : Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille. Part of Transphotographiques.
- 2003 : Oberhausen (Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen)
- 2006 : Milano (Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia)
- 2007 : Berlin (Camera Work)
- 2007 : Lille. Part of Transphotographiques.
- 2007 : New York (Norman Foster Gallery, Hearst Tower)
- 2008 : Arles (Les Rencontres d'Arles, Église des Frères-Prêcheurs)
- 2008 : Goslar (The Mönchehaus Museum of Modern Art )
- 2010 : Moscow (Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts)
- 2010 : Berlin (C/O Berlin)
- 2011 : Beijing (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art)
- 2012 : Milano (Galleria Carla Sozzani)
- 2014 : Los Angeles (Fahey Klein Gallery)
- 2014 : Zagreb (HDLU Museum)
- 2014 : Paris (Gagosian Gallery)
Selected group shows
- 1985 : London (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- 1986 : Bradford (National Museum of Photography)
- 1987 : Bath (National Center of Photography, The Royal Photographic Society)
- 1989 : London (National Museum of Photography and Film)
- 1989 : New York (Holly Solomon Gallery)
- 1991 : New York (The Aperture Foundation)
- 1991 : London (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- 1991 : London (The Royal College of Art)
- 1993 : New York (James Danziger Gallery)
- 1993 : Paris (Centre National de la Photographie)
- 1994 : London (Saatchi Gallery)
- 1995 : Osaka (Suntory Museum)
- 1995 : Nagoya (Nagoya Art Museum)
- 1995 : Berlin (Art Library)
- 2000 : Fukuoka (Jisho Artium) 
- 2000 : New York (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)
- 2001 : New York (Brooke Alexander Gallery)
- 2002 : Berlin (Camera Work Gallery)
- 2002 : Hamburg (Deichtorhallen Museum)
- 2002 : London (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- 2002 : Paris (Maison Européenne de la Photographie)
- 2002 : Seoul (Daelim Museum)
- 2003 : Tokyo (Haras Museum of Contemporary Arts)
- 2004 : New York (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- 2004 : São Paulo (OCA Niemeyer Art Pavilion)
- 2004 : Curitiba (Museu Metropolitano de Arte)
- 2004 : Pingyao (Photography Festival)
- 2005 : Moscow (State Exhibition Hall)
- 2005 : Düsseldorf (Kunsthalle)
- 2006 : Amsterdam (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam)
- 2006 : New York (Cook Fine Art)
- 2006 : Tokyo (Galerie Sho Contemporary Art)
- 2006 : Hamburg (Deichtorhallen)
- 2009 : New York (International Center of Photography)
- 2009 : New York (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- 2015 : Madrid (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza)
- 1991 : Models - The Film, shot in New York starring Supermodels Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour.
- 1999 : Inner Voices a thirty-minute drama documentary examining self-expression in Lee Strasberg method acting, won the prize for Best Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2000.
- 2001 : Pina Bausch - Der Fensterputzer experimental half-hour film for Channel 4 about his friend Pina Bausch. Shown off at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
- 2008 : Everywhere at Once, codirected with Holly Fisher, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Narrated by Jeanne Moreau, this haunting, vaguely troubling film consists of refilmed Lindbergh photographs, many of them unpublished, interwoven with excerpts from Tony Richardson's film Mademoiselle.
Lindbergh's work is inspired by Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Eisenstein's Potemkin, Lang's Depression-era images, as well as by Lindbergh's own 1950s childhood, living across the Rhine from the foreboding Krupp steelworks in the industrial Ruhrland city of Duisburg.
- 1996 : 10 Women by Lindbergh, foreword by Karl Lagerfeld  ISBN 978-3-8238-1416-0
- 1996 : Stern Fotografie - Smoking Women - Portfolio N°5 by Lindbergh  ISBN 978-3570122990
- 1997 : Images de Women by Lindbergh, introduction by Martin Harrison  ISBN 978-3-8296-0143-6
- 1999 : Portfolio by Lindbergh, interview by Dr. Antonio Ria  ISBN 2-84323-108-6
- 2002 : Stern Fotografie - Invasion - Portfolio N°29 by Lindbergh  ISBN 978-3570193471
- 2002 : Stories by Lindbergh, foreword by Wim Wenders  ISBN 1-892041-64-2
- 2006 : I Grandi Fotografi of Corriere Della Sera by Lindbergh 
- 2006 : Untitled 116 by Lindbergh  ISBN 3-8296-0179-4
- 2007 : Stern Fotografie Portfolio N° 47 by Lindbergh  ISBN 978-3-570-19733-2
- 2009 : Vogue Germany, 30 years anniversary issue by Lindbergh 
- 2010 : Vogue Spain, special issue by Lindbergh 
- 2010 : On Street by Lindbergh ISBN 978-3-8296-0506-9
- 2011 : The Unknown by Lindbergh, interview by Jérôme Sans  ISBN 978-3-8296-0544-1
- 2014 : Peter Lindbergh ~ 100 photos pour la liberté de la presse. Reporters Sans Frontières ISBN 978-2362200267
- 2014 : Images of Women 2 by Lindbergh, introduction by Werner Spies, Wim Wenders and Peter Handke ISBN 978-3829606851
Awards and nominations
- 1987 : Best performance in photography, Night of Stars, New York, USA
- 1991 : Gold medal, The International Festival of Fashion Photography, from a jury of 400 journalists, Barcelona, Spain
- 1990 : Grand Prix, The International Festival of Fashion Photography, from a jury of 400 journalists, Budapest, Hungary
- 1994 : Distinctive Merit Award for Madonna Makes Dance, Society of Publication Designers, New York, USA
- 1994 : Lindbergh was named Best Photographer at the International Fashion Awards, Paris, France
- 1995 : Lindbergh became an Honorary Member of the German Art Directors Club.
- 1996 : Lindbergh received the Raymond Loewy Foundation Award.
- 1997 : Lindbergh was named Best Photographer at the International Fashion Awards, Paris, France
- 2001 : Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, France
- 2002 : Best documentary for Inner Voices at the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
- 2003 : Order of Merit of Rhénanie-du-Nord-Westphalie, Germany
- 2005 : Lindbergh was awarded the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Photography, New York, USA
- 2007 : Fashion cover of the year, Lucie Award, New York, USA
- 2008 : Best photographer, Prix de la Moda, Madrid, Spain
- 2010 : Gold medal for best photography and best magazine concept, LeadAward, Hamburg, Germany
- 2010 : Fashion Layout of the Year, Lucie Award, New York, USA
- 2014 : Lindbergh was honored for his longtime contributions to AIDS awareness at the annual amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street alongside activist Vanessa Redgrave. Robin Wright presented him with his award, praising his extraordinary generosity towards amfAR, which was on display that night with two lots that he donated to the event’s live auction. In his acceptance speech, Lindbergh acknowledged his fellow honoree Vanessa Redgrave, saying “I’ve learned from your life how important it is to stand up for what you believe in.”
- 2015 : Artist of the year, Steiger Award , Dortmund, Germany
Lindbergh and his first wife, Astrid Mayer, moved to Paris where their three children, Benjamin, Jeremy, and Simon were born. Lindbergh has been married for the last 15 years to Petra Sedlaczek, they have a son named Joseph.
- "Biographical overview", peterlindbergh.net. Accessed 16 November 2011.
- Ian Philips, "The Image Maker" The Independent, 14 September 1997.
- Engelen, Mart, Interview with legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh, Antwerp and Paris 2012, #59 Magazine, 954 
- "Peter Lindbergh", in Photo Box: Bringing the Great Photographers into Focus (London: Thames & Hudson, 2009; ISBN 978-0-500-54384-9), p.414.
- Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women" (Germany: Snoeck, 2008; ISBN 9783936859898), p.95.
- Leah Chernikoff, From the Glossy Archives: US Vogue, November 1988 (Anna’s First Issue As EIC), Fashionista.com, 8 December 2010
- Naomi, Linda, Tatjana, Christy, Cindy by Lindbergh,1990, Los Angeles Times. 1990
- "January 1990". Vogue Magazine Archive. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
- Rogers, Patrick (August 2015). "Freedom!", Vanity Fair pp 144-147.
- Pit Lane News, Pirelli Calendar, Fastdates.com
- Germaine Greer, "Get your kit on", Guardian, 13 November 2001
- film presentation on the Tribeca film festival website