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Peter Lindbergh
Born Peter Brodbeck
(1944-11-23)November 23, 1944
Lissa, Reichsgau Wartheland, Germany (Leszno, Poland)
Residence Paris, New York and Arles
Nationality German
Occupation Photographer
Spouse(s) Petra Sedlaczek (m. 2002)
Children Benjamin Brodbeck
Jeremy Brodbeck
Simon Brodbeck
Joseph Brodbeck
Website www.peterlindbergh.com

In the beginning of my twenties, I started transcendental meditation. For years, I did nothing else. Every holiday, I went to courses. Meditation is a real simple instrument. You don't need a long beard or a sari. It's meant to bring you to yourself. It's as easy as that.
Peter Lindbergh
Fashion photography should say something about the stability of a certain time you live in or what kind of women you like. The most interesting thing is not what they're wearing but who they are.
Peter Lindbergh
Fashion photographers are the new painters.
If photographers are responsible for creating or reflecting an image of women in society, then, I must say, there is only one way for the future, and this is to define women as strong and independent. This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.
Peter Lindbergh
The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It's important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing. They follow trends and don't know why.
Peter Lindbergh
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.
Peter Lindbergh
A lot of mainstream photographers seem not to think about what they're doing or feel any responsibility toward anything. By the time they're done, the models don't have any trace of themselves left. This thing about looking young with no wrinkles or expression is all so boring, really.
Peter Lindbergh
My first obsession was actually sports. I was a very good handball goalkeeper. With special permission, I played in the premier league in Germany before I was even old enough.
Peter Lindbergh
For me, every photograph is a portrait; the clothes are just a vehicle for what I want to say. You're photographing a relationship with the person you're shooting; there's an exchange, and that's what that picture is.
Peter Lindbergh
The most important part of fashion photography, for me, is not the models; it's not the clothes. It's that you are responsible for defining what a woman today is. That, I think, is my job.
Peter Lindbergh
Fashion is about change, don't you think?
There's something else that makes a woman interesting, something beyond being young or being old. And I'm going to find out what that something else is before I die, I hope.
Peter Lindbergh
Heartless retouching should not be the chosen tool to represent women in the beginning of this century.
Peter Lindbergh
Photography gives you the opportunity to use your sensibility and everything you are to say something about and be part of the world around you. In this way, you might discover who you are, and with a little luck, you might discover something much larger than yourself.
Peter Lindbergh
People think that it is important to learn by assisting the great photographers. I say that is a big mistake. Be happy; just learn from any little guy. Learn how to use the camera – you don't need anything else. You can't be taught the real skill anyway.
Peter Lindbergh
To go somewhere where nobody knows you, and to keep your eyes open… That was a beautiful concept in terms of putting yourself in a place to be inspired.
Peter Lindbergh
These days, photographers have expensive contracts with actresses, but then the actresses have to have their names written in the column because nobody recognizes them. That's kind of strange.
Peter Lindbergh
I have not taken inspiration from the fashion shows. I don't even really go to too many of the fashion shows – and have not for 15 years – because I don't want to be inspired by the same things as everyone else. If everyone is inspired by the same things, then of course, you all do the same pictures.
Peter Lindbergh
Now there is this whole terror about getting old. Today, that fascination with youth is overrated. What's so special about being young? I just say that because I'm old.
Peter Lindbergh
You cannot say that one woman is 'more beautiful' than another, though people always do. It's so ridiculous to say that.
Peter Lindbergh