Meghan Markle photographer Peter Lindbergh dies aged 74

Peter Lindbergh photographed Meghan Markle for her Vanity Fair cover in October 2017 [Photos: Getty/Vanity Fair]

The famous fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died at the age of 74.

The news of his death, which occurred on September 3, was shared on his Instagram alongside a black and white photograph.

No information regarding the cause of his death has been shared.

The German-born photographer and film director was renowned for his cinematic images and fashion shoots.

Most recently, he photographed the women who appeared in the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, which Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, guest-edited.

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The issue celebrated ‘forces for change’: women in the public eye who are making a difference.

The women in the project included Hollywood stars Salma Hayek and Jane Fonda, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.

The September Vogue issue wasn’t Lindbergh and Markle’s first collaboration.

Lindbergh photographed Meghan Markle, fresh-faced in minimal make-up, for her Vanity Fair cover in October 2017.

He kept her famous freckles visible, later explaining to Vogue he “loves” freckles.

Meghan has also made clear she wants freckles visible in photo shoots and instructed Lindbergh to ensure the women featured in the September 2019 Vogue issue weren’t coated in too much make-up.

"My instructions from the Duchess were clear: 'I want to see freckles!’,” Lindbergh revealed in an interview published on the British Vogue website.

"Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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Meghan Markle's 2017 Vanity Fair cover [Photo: Vanity Fair]

Over his career, he photographed dozens, if not hundreds, of A-listers and models for magazine covers and shoots.

One such iconic shoot was the January 1990 cover of British Vogue, which saw Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, photographed together for the first time by Lindbergh.

Other publications he shot for included The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Interview and W. He also created the iconic Pirelli calendar in 1996, 2002 and 2017.

Known for “drastically changing the standards of fashion photography in times of excessive retouching”, he was once quoted as saying: This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”

He liked to avoid stereotypes and enjoyed photographing women with barely any make-up on, showcasing their natural beauty instead.

Celebrity tributes pour in for late photographer Peter Lindbergh

Dutch model Lara Stone, who was married to ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge David Walliams for five years from 2010, was one of the first celebrities to post about Lindbergh’s passing on Instagram.

Hollywood actress Charlize Theron also posted a tribute, stating: “My heart is broken.”

And ‘Kill Bill’ star Uma Thurman publicly thanked the photographer, sharing a photo of a GQ cover Lindbergh photographed.

Footballer David Beckham shared a photo of himself and Lindbergh, writing: “It’s difficult to come up with the words to explain how much I loved, admired and respected Peter.”

Meanwhile, one of the first supermodels, Linda Evangelista posted a series a broken heart emojis on the Instagram post announcing Lindbergh’s death.

Russian supermodel Natalia Supernova commented, “Nooooooooo” alongside a number of broken heart emojis.