peterlindbergh

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Does anyone else also think that fashion magazine editorials are made for aliens ? Or some other kind of humans who get the ‘art’ ? The sets are usually outrageous. There are too many statement props with size 0 models. Outfits are anything but chic. Clothes are from luxury designers and pretty unaffordable. It always made me feel like I am not the intended audience. For the longest time, I didn’t get any of it. Why were women buying it ? Why is it still in circulation ? I then got told “its a fantasy that is being sold to make us dream”. Fine. And then, I discovered the editorials shot by Peter Lindbergh who changed it all for me. After a decade of worrying about what to wear, I came to the conclusion : clothes are just props to help us get on with our day. They sometimes cheer us up and then fade into the background as we get on with our lives. And his fashion photography supports this vision. Its always the women in the foreground. They may wear Dior and Prada, but the photographs are about the women. And they are raw, unedited and imperfectly perfect. They have a distinct untouched authenticity and you can always recognize his work. Let me take the opportunity to post some of my favorite images and quotes from the last year.

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“It’s ridiculous to pretend there are no beautiful older women.”

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“Evolution is always more interesting than repetition. Trying to reflect the time you live in and have the chance of expressing a point of view, I mean your own point of view, is a beautiful achievement, even if it’s only a little part of everything.”

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“But who cares if her nose is red? You don’t see the power and the poetry of not being perfect?”

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“The cosmetic companies have everyone brainwashed. I don’t retouch anything. ‘Oh, but she looks tired!’ they say. So what if she looks tired? Tired and beautiful.”

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“I show elements of the set in my pictures because it’s not real. When I see movies, I often love the ‘making of’ more than the movie itself. It’s not so final. When you have a woman just standing there, it doesn’t mean much.”

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“It was a new generation, and that new generation came with a new interpretation of women.”

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“You’re going to love this picture in 25 years.”

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While fashion magazines dont talk to me, they are the ones who seem to nurture and provide raw materials for this sort of talent. I got to love Vogue for being that platform. The ad campaigns he shoots, do not look like advertisements but works of art with raw materials from the brand. Makes the content in the magazines lot more tolerable. I would like to learn from his style of photography. I find my pictures very bland and boring. I set a timer for 10 minutes, dont leave the house, use whatever light and take a shot that will serve the purpose. I learnt how to use the buttons on the camera but havent discovered my style. I want to get better. I have been pouring into his work for some lessons from the master.

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If you know his work, do share your favorites perhaps ?