On September 3rd 2019, the fashion photographer of the century, Peter Lindbergh – as his colleague and friend Jim Rakete called him – died. When I was 16 years old I bought the illustrated book 10 Women by Peter Lindbergh and with it I gave my ambitious vision of working in the fashion world a kind of bible…

All those who know me know that I was and am a big fan of Peter Lindbergh, even with the consequence that I no longer date a man who dismissed the exhibition ´From Fashion to Reality´ as superficial fashion folly…

Since I founded few, I had the book in my hands more and more often. Karl Lagerfeld, another great loss to the fashion world in 2019, wrote in the foreword of the book: “10 women who have made a strength out of their beauty, but also out of certain imperfections and flaws”. This strength not only makes them timelessly beautiful, as can be seen in recent photographs by Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer and the others, but also unmistakable. At the same time, these women do not lose a touch of their femininity: “Do you wonder what will become of them later? Will they one day be left to the tedium of oblivion?” These are the two questions Karl Lagerfeld asks us in the preface and the answer is obvious. Of course no!

I am lucky to have the opportunity to meet many such women with this special beauty in my private life. When we sit together in twenty years time, we will fortunately see the traces of our experience and thoughts on our faces, something which, according to Peter Lindbergh in the documentary ´The Eye’, should not be desired and should not be hidden in our society.

I have used many words from these two inspiring personalities in this article, which is why I would like to conclude with them: “I believe that in thirty or forty years, Peter Lindbergh’s photographs will never be looked upon with condescending emotion. Fashion never plays the leading role. Women are always the main subject.”

PM