MILAN – Italian photographer Bob Krieger died on Thursday at 84. The cause of death is still to be defined.
Through his work spanning four decades, Krieger contributed to a pivotal moment in Italian history- the rise of the Made in Italy culture throughout the world. He lensed prominent personalities from the country’s fashion, political and sports arenas, and collaborated with international publications including The York Times Magazine, Vogue, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, while he served as art director of the Bazaar Italia title from 1970 to 1975.
Starting from the Sixties, Krieger photographed editorials and iconic campaigns for Valentino, Gianfranco Ferrè, Versace, Missoni, Laura Biagiotti, Moschino and Emilio Pucci and lensed top models including Linda Evangelista, Iman and Janice Dickinson. His informal black-and-white portraits of the likes of Giorgio Armani, Valentino Garavani, Miuccia Prada and Gianni Versace have remained memorable.
In particular, the bond between Armani and the photographer was strengthened in 1982, when the designer’s portrait on the cover of Time magazine sealed his success worldwide.
This occasion was also one of Krieger’s best memories, as he revealed to WWD last year, at the opening of the “Bob Krieger Imagine. Living through fashion and music. ’60 ’70 ’80 ’90” retrospective staged at the Palazzo Morando museum in Milan.
“My moment of glory was in 1982 with the first Time cover dedicated to Giorgio Armani, featuring a portrait I took for him. It was the first time an Italian designer was on the cover of such an important weekly and it was a consecration, like a Nobel Prize, simply amazing,” he said at that time.
In addition to Armani’s portraits, the exhibition displayed eye-catching fashion moments, including a 1980 picture of Carol Alt posing in a fringed Gucci leather look and a striking 1992 portrait of Evangelista donning a Gianni Versace yellow puffer over a signature printed shirt.
“I did a job, I have some merits but at the end what I did was to impress the merits of other people of this city… In the Seventies, we invaded the U.S. with our fashion…and I feel part of this invasion, along with Armani, Versace, Ferrè and all the others because we were in this together,” he recalled at that time, mentioning a 1976 cover of the American Vogue stating “Italians are coming!”
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1936, Krieger moved to Milan in 1967 to start his photographic career. In addition to his work with fashion designers and international publications, he portrayed prominent figures across all industries, including Gianni Agnelli, Bill Gates, Marco Tronchetti Provera, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Lapo Elkann, as well as Charlotte Rampling and Rupert Everett, among others.