Fashion

Seminal Fashion Photographer Peter Lindbergh Hates Selfies, Dislikes Perfection

Fashion

Seminal Fashion Photographer Peter Lindbergh Hates Selfies, Dislikes Perfection

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Photography: Peter Lindbergh

You may know 72-year-old fashion photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh from his cinematic shots of packs of supermodels (Linda, Christy, Naomi, etc.), melancholy-looking actresses (Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman), and other famous faces (Daft Punk, Tina Turner). Over the course of his 40-year career, he shot so many icons that he basically became one himself. And that’s why he has a retrospective called “From Fashion to Reality” opening at Kunsthalle Munich tomorrow.

The exhibition will focus not only on his pared-down, authentic shots of ’90s models (which eventually led to him being charged with “inventing” the supermodel phenomenon), but will also feature over 220 films and other previously unseen materials, including storyboards, props, Polaroids, and contact sheets.



But Lindbergh wants you to know that he isn’t a fan of our era’s foremost photographic trend, the selfie. “I think that selfies are actually pretty much the stupidest thing that there is at all,” he told Germany’s Monopol magazine (the quote was translated by artnet News). He also mentioned that fans who beg celebrities for selfies view themselves as “smaller” than the star they’re posing with. So if you make it to the opening at Kunsthalle Munich, well, maybe don’t ask him to take a picture with you.

Luckily, not all of Lindbergh’s views are quite as dated. He once told Interview magazine, in a statement that’s been used for the exhibition’s press materials: “This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.” Now there’s something I can get behind.