Peter Lindbergh: Raw Beauty

JULIEN D’YS, LINDA EVANGELISTA, PARIS, 1988. © Peter Lindbergh (courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation, Paris).

Written by Michel Benson and designed by Baron and Baron Raw Beauty, is published to coincide with the opening of Peter Lindbergh’s great last (self-curated) exhibition Untold Stories, in A Coruña on 4 December 2021.

A companion piece to the exhibition catalogue, Raw Beauty is based on a sequence of interviews with the people – the models, photographers, gallerists, art directors, curators, and critics – who played a key role in shaping Peter Lindbergh’s world. It is both a portrait of a peerless artist and a celebration of Galicia.

The text of Raw Beauty is based on 22 interviews conducted by Michael Benson during the summer of 2021. The result is an interconnected group of stories that offer a unique insight into the relationship between the photographer and his subjects each of whom, in their own way, speaks of the joy of working with Peter Lindbergh.

Commenting on the development of text Michael Benson says: ‘I was determined to stay as far behind the action possible, to create an authentic set of voices without inserting myself into the process. This was not about me but rather an attempt to celebrate the relationship magical relationship that Peter Lindbergh was able to create between subject and artist. My job was to capture that magic in a text that was as true to the individual as possible. Peter turned out to be an interviewer’s dream. All I needed to do was to ask ‘so what was it like, working with Peter? and the stories would come tumbling forth. Not only stories but photographs too… Lindbergh and Roversi on stage in Arles; Peter curating on the TGV; Peter, Babeth Dijan with seventeen-year-old Naomi Campbell; Azzedine’s legendary kitchen; Kate Moss with her arm in plaster and so on. And what happened as we went was that a connected narrative began to emerge not only between each of the characters but also between Peter Lindbergh and Galicia….’

The individual stories in Raw Beauty coalesce to create a highly personal portrait of Peter Lindbergh as an artist obsessed by light and movement always in search of the truth behind the façade. A photographer who set women free from the tyranny of beauty, a storytelling poet of imperfection.


Peter Lindbergh: Raw Beauty

Profirst, 2021

Designed by Baron and Baron
10.6 inches x 14.2 inches; 152 pages

Available in English, Spanish, and Galician



NAOMI CAMPBELL, IBIZA, 2000© Peter Lindbergh (courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation, Paris).

KATE MOSS, BEAUDUC, 1994© Peter Lindbergh (courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation, Paris).

MARIE SOPHIE WILSON, BUDAPEST, 1987© Peter Lindbergh (courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation, Paris).