The truth laid bare

Trash magazines get turned on by the thought of it: issues of their titles emblazoned with headlines such as ‘stars without their makeup.’ Oh, how they chortle. One week their covers are dedicated to celebrities who diet too much, and the next week they mock anyone who they haven’t been able to previously lampoon by focussing on the fact that they’re ageing – shock horror – that they are indeed human.

But ageing shouldn’t be a negative. Nor should our humanity. Neither need to be thing covered up or airbrushed to the extent that the subject, be they model or celebrity, is Photoshopped to represent a mannequin more than they represent themselves. It takes the right photographer to realise that, however. This month that photographer is Peter Lindbergh.

toni garrn nude

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)
Nadja Auermann, Toni Garrn & others: Vogue Germany, June '12 (NSFW)

In an assignment for Vogue Germany, Lindbergh has composed a series of portraits titled collectively as The Naked Truth. Yes, they contain nudity, but that’s a superficial level of nakedness in comparison to what is exposed by the lack of makeup and Photoshop. Here the likes of Toni Garrn, Julia Stegner and Luca Gajdus are laid bare. No wrinkle receives the aid of foundation, no blemish the aid of Photoshop. It is each of them as they really are. And they remain beautiful.

View the full shoot by Peter Lindbergh at the gallery above.

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