Icons of … Photography: Peter Lindbergh





Yet in the photographs of Peter Lindbergh

You do see these extraordinary women

In all their glory

Without their disguises

Without the ‘front’

Stepping right out from behind the shiny surface

They are used to showing us.


Those words were written by Wim Wenders, who recently handed his close friend Peter Lindbergh a Lucie Award, colloquially known as the photographers Oscar. When someone once described Peter’s work as a collection of love letters to women he considers beautiful, be they fashion models or actresses like Jeanne Moreau, Kate Winslet, Isabelle Huppert or Penelope Cruz, it was an elegant salute to Peter’s essential romanticism.



Creativity is the basis of self-expression. Why are some people supposedly more creative than others, and why can’t others open themselves up enough to be able to express who they are?

Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives.

Creativity is the desire to express ourselves. To formulate these expressions, we have to draw from our reservoir of experience, dreams, desires and experimentation and mix together what was, what is, and what could be… I don’t think you can learn it, it is rather something that evolves. Your perception of everything in your life fills up this reservoir.

Some people are drawn to create and express themselves, others are drawn to reflect, to analyze. But in the end, they all could be creative if they had the desire to explore the way in which they are integrated in the world of their experiences. Because creativity is really a rebirth, a true tone we feel for ourselves and for our world. Then our work becomes a real part of who we are. Maybe all this is a question of how deep we are willing to go…


by Peter Lindbergh
with Lily, New York, June 1996



As for me I love the drama and the complexity of it all