Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista lead tributes to Peter Lindbergh

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce…

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.

The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce the cause of death but stated that he “leaves a big void”.

In light of the sad news, celebrities and fashion stars have flooded social media with tributes, with Crawford writing on Instagram, “When @therealpeterlindbergh shoots, it’s about the women. It’s not about the hair, make-up, or styling, really. He had a way of turning your imperfections into something unique and beautiful… and his images will always be timeless. You will be so missed Peter. I’m honoured to have known you and worked with you.”

While Evangelista simply posted, “Heartbroken. R.I.P. my Peet.”

Lindbergh garnered international acclaim in the late 1980s when he began photographing a new generation of models, including Evangelista, Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, and Christy Turlington.

Other industry leaders to share their condolences include photographers Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, designers Peter Dundas, Alber Elbaz, and Victoria Beckham, as well as models Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, Cara Delevingne, Karen Elson, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, and Coco Rocha.

And as one of Lindbergh’s final works was photographing the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, titled Forces for Change, which was guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a representative for the British royal posted a tribute on Instagram too.

“His work is revered globally for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, eschewing Photoshopping, and preferring natural beauty with minimal make-up,” they wrote. “The Duchess of Sussex had worked with Peter in the past and personally chose him to shoot the 15 women on the cover for the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited. There is no other photographer she considered to bring this meaningful project to life… He will be deeply missed.”

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Photographer Peter Lindbergh dies at 74

Famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died, aged 74.The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Lindbergh’s family announced the sad news on his official …

Famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died, aged 74.

The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Lindbergh’s family announced the sad news on his official Instagram page on Wednesday morning. A cause of death was not shared.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd 2019, at the age of 74,” they wrote alongside a black-and-white photograph. “He is survived by his wife Petra, his first wife Astrid, his four sons Benjamin, Jeremy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren. He leaves a big void.”

Born Peter Brodbeck in 1944, Lindbergh garnered international acclaim in the late 1980s when he began photographing a new generation of models, including Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington.

A year later, he famously shot them posing together for the January 1990 cover of British Vogue, and over the course of his career worked with many designers and top models.

Most recently, Lindbergh helmed the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, titled Forces for Change, which was guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and featured influential women such as Adut Akech, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, and Jameela Jamil.

Tributes to Lindbergh are already flowing on social media, with Evangelista posting, “Heartbroken. R.I.P. my Peet,” and model Lara Stone commenting, “Oh how much I’ll miss you, I’m heartbroken. Rest in peace dear Peter.”

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Naomi Campbell: ‘Fame never motivated ’90s models’

Naomi Campbell and her fellow ’90s supermodels were never bothered by the fame aspect of their job.Supermodels began to dominate the entertainment scene in the late ’80s, with an army of beauties cementing their A-list status when George Michael hired …

Naomi Campbell and her fellow ’90s supermodels were never bothered by the fame aspect of their job.

Supermodels began to dominate the entertainment scene in the late ’80s, with an army of beauties cementing their A-list status when George Michael hired Naomi, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford to star in his Freedom! ’90 music video after he refused to appear. The idea came about after he spotted the five women on the January 1990 cover of British Vogue magazine.

Despite their global fame, Naomi is adamant that in the pre-social media days, she and her peers never courted the celebrity world.

“I adore Gigi and Bella (Hadid), I embrace them, they are hard-working girls. So, I can only speak for my generation of women: Linda, Christy, Stephanie (Seymour), Tatjana, Kate (Moss). We never cared about fame, we never thought about the word ‘celebrity,'” she told Grazia. “We just kept on working and it was for the creativity and the prestige. It was a smaller-knit industry. We were equally as surprised at the curiosity in our lives. I remember waking up in Milan and being shocked to see a report about what I had eaten for breakfast the day before on the front page of a newspaper!”

The interest in the 48-year-old’s life has never waned, with recent rumoured romances with Liam Payne, 25, and Skepta, 36, dominating headlines.

She’s also found herself pitted against Kim Kardashian in recent months, with many accusing the reality TV star of copying some of Naomi’s most iconic looks.

“You know what my mother always said? ‘Imitation is a form of flattery,’ and I am a model and all I care about is that whoever the person is that they are (copying), that they credit the designer,” she smiled.

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