“Naomi, I love you from head to toe – now get the fuck down here. I need two more shots,” Peter Lindbergh once shouted candidly at Naomi Campbell, before jumping into a pool beside her during a photo shoot, to help ease her fear of the water.
The late-photographer who died earlier this year was probably one of the only people who was allowed to joke with the supermodel that way.
“I was terrible. How did people deal with me?” Campbell said regarding “Peter Lindbergh: Women’s Stories,” the documentary that premiered at Milan’s Anteo Cinema Sunday. “You don’t get that anymore. That fun and the time to go scouting for locations,” the model added, reflecting on the 1990s photo shoots that Lindbergh shot with her, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, and Helena Christensen.
Engaging and intimate, this film depicted the trajectory of a man who grew up in the rural area of Ruhr, Germany, dodged military service, and started out taking pictures of children he knew before launching his career in Paris in the 1980s by photographing for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
A candid, intimate portrait of his life, the film showed how Lindbergh’s jovial attitude and perpetual humor were his strongest weapons in the often unrelenting world of fashion – a world where some of his best friends were top editors like the late Franca Sozzani, who said in the film, that their friendship survived the test of time and raw career moves, like moving to Harper’s Bazaar for higher pay.
In the film, his ex-wife Astrid talked about how Lindbergh needed freedom and how the best set for him was the outdoors. “He really wanted to be famous... he had to get into the fashion world.
The Lindbergh documentary was directed by Jean-Michel Vecchiet, who also depicted the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 2010 documentary “Basquiat.” Insiders said Vecchiet had already began making the film before Lindbergh’s untimely death in September.
The film was part of the sixth edition of Fashion Film Festival Milano, founded and spearheaded by Constanza Cavalli Etro – an event that highlights the common values between art, creativity, and fashion, bringing them all to the big screen.
Other tributes to Lindbergh’s life over the next year include the publication of Lindbergh’s latest book project published by Taschen in which the photographer staged garments in New York’s Times Square to celebrate Dior’s 70-year history.
The two-volume book will be published in tandem with the exhibition Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories from 40 Years of Fashion Photography, which will run from 6 February to 1 June 2020 at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.