In this exclusive interview, legendary fashion photographer and “DVF Secret Agent” director Peter Lindbergh talks strong women, storytelling, and his favorite on-set moment.
You have photographed Diane before, and spoken about one of her portraits as a personal favorite. How did photographing Diane herself inform your work on the DVF campaign?
To work on a campaign is very different from shooting a personal portrait, because the campaign must represent at least something of the brand identity, while a personal portrait should be totally free from any obligations.
You and Diane both approach models as women first, with their own strength and personalities. Tell us about your relationship with Karlie, and how you work together.
Needless to point out, there should never be another reason to work with anyone, model or any other human being, than her or his personality. Blank and beautiful faces are of no interest. Karlie has an extraordinary energy and strength and is amazingly passionate about getting the best possible images.
To your mind, what is it about Karlie that makes her such a successful model? And the ideal DVF woman?
She has an incredible drive, her motivation together with a passion for her craft, very concentrated at any moment of the day instead of a short attention span, astonishing freshness together with an understanding for playing roles… these are quite a lot of good points in one person… all these characteristics are making her the perfect DVF woman. She seems to be, in a very active way, integrated in the world of today.
Tell us about the woman in this film that Karlie portrays, the “DVF Secret Agent” and how you approached telling her story, especially in the mix of film and still photography?
She is a fast-walking, good-looking and active secret agent, and we tried to tell the story not too well explained, to leave some space for the viewers’ own imagination. The stills resulted from what we shot on film.
What is your favorite on-set memory from the shoot day?
The scene with the security guards was really satisfying because different from my zillion controls at JFK, this time I could push the security guards around and could order them to do what I wanted them to do!