In a visual era where Photoshop has become the most important tool in the creative process, I notice that I keep scanning the magazines looking for something—real. Something that reminds me I’m actually looking at human beings (admittedly extraordinarily beautiful ones), and that derives its atmosphere from the relationship between photographer and model, that captures something that was there on set, not created in post production… (More through Lindbergh’s lens after the jump.)
For me, the photographer that comes to mind for this first and foremost is Peter Lindbergh. Ringing in a new era of simplicity after the larger-than-life, overdecorated ’80s with his “white shirt” image (pictured above) for American Vogue, he has consistently been able to move me with his poetic yet strong sensibility. Be it his portraiture-reminiscent imagery on a stark black backdrop, his signature usage of lighting equipment in the shot, creating a more vintage feel, or his dramatic sense of story-telling, I love it all!
Even though his name is so strongly connected to the Supermodel era of the early ’90s (he suggested to Linda Evangelista to chop off her hair), his images of current uber-models Lara Stone and Daria Werbowy are simply stunning, showing that simplicity often leaves a stronger impression than the most elaborate production.