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Christopher Kilkus on Photographer Peter Lindbergh

Born in 1944, Peter Lindbergh is described as one of the most talked about fashion photographers on the international scene. Always interested in art, Lindbergh started his career as a window dresser for two German department stores. After taking night classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lindbergh began numerous treks across Europe, one of which was a hitchhike to Arles in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, much-admired by the young Lindbergh. nLindbergh’s first-ever exhibition was as a Free Painting student at the College of Art in Krefeld. It was shortly after this period when Lindbergh transitioned from painting to photography. In the early 1970s, Lindbergh worked as an assistant to photographer Hans Lux. In 1978, Lindbergh moved to Paris and began working regularly as an international fashion photographer. His photography was published in Italian, English, French, German and American issues of Vogue, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, and Rolling Stone. Lindbergh worked with many major fashion labels, including Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Prada, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Comme des Garçons. In addition, Lindbergh composed portraits of celebrities including: Catherine Deneuve, Mick Jagger, Charlotte Rampling, Nastassja Kinski, Tina Turner, John Travolta, Madonna, Sharon Stone, and John Malkovich. Lindbergh’s art and photography has been recognized in the form of memberships and awards. He has been a member of the German Art Directors Club since 1995. A year after his induction to that club, Lindbergh was honored with the highest European design prize: the Raymond Loewy Foundation’s Award. He later won the Foundation’s Lead award for best photography. Lindbergh’s work can be found in exhibitions around the world, the notably the 2002 exhibition at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Besides photography, Lindbergh directed commercials, documentaries and music videos.

About  Author  – Taking his mom (Who was a successful fashion model) as an inspiration, Christopher Kilkus chose the path of fashion and photography early in his life. Although his career voyage commenced with fashion model management and bicycle racing but finally he discovered his dream career of a professional photographer. Christopher Kilkus started his practice in San Francisco, and then next two years he spent working throughout Asia, and then served the New York City for another 7 years, where he created repute for excellent work with an outstanding attitude.

Born in 1921 in New York City, Francesco Scavullo (1921–2004) became one of the most renowned fashion-journalism photographers in the world. He is best known for his work for Cosmopolitan magazine, where the models were photographed with an air of sexiness and glamour. These shoots included Scavullo’s trademark lighting and styling techniques, known in the industry as a scene becoming “Scavullo-ized.” Scavullo loved glamour and aimed to “make everyone look like a movie star.” Besides fashion photography, Scavullo was well-known for his enamel on canvas photo silkscreens, portraits and still life works.
Scavullo’s first big break came when he styled a shoot of Lauren Bacall for Harper’s Bazaar. That famous 1943 photograph is credited with launching Bacall’s career, along with Scavullo’s.
Scavullo led the way in lighting techniques, utilizing the white umbrella and muslin sheets method often found on movie sets. Besides his technical expertise, Scavullo was beloved by the models he worked with, and his photos are responsible for launching the careers of many young models.
Scavullo’s photographs have been seen in Rolling Stone, Life, Time, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harpers & Queen, L’Officiel, Woman and Max, among many others. Additionally, he shot movie posters (including A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand) and album covers (such as Edgar Winters’ They Only Come Out At Night and Diana Ross’ Diana).
Scavullo’s photographs live on in his six books: Scavullo on Beauty, Scavullo Men, Scavullo Women, Scavullo, Scavullo: Photographs, 50 years, and Scavullo Nudes. His work is a part of the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Texas.
Scavullo was commissioned to photograph many famous people, including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Sissy Spacek, Cher, Brooke Shields, Madonna, Roseanne Arnold, Kim Basinger, Barbra Streisand, Michelle Pfieffer, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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