"By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt". Thomas Jefferson
Who, more fitting than Jefferson, for a quote to accompany a Lippmann image? He, an American, a lover of France & French life - Peter Lippmann, ‘un photographe Americain à Paris’, who is now so French that he can no longer separate the pieces!
Lippmann, who would prefer to be known for his life as a song writer & rock star, having formed & morphed many a band in his short life – The Burps, Walking the Dog, The Well Hung Something’s & most recently The Lobotonics – cannot escape the fact that when the phone rings it is more often clients like Christian Louboutin, Vogue, Cartier… looking for the Midas touch of Peter’s fabulous magazine & advertising work.
This image for Willi’s Bottle Art Collection is quite literally stolen from an amazing series of photographs, that Peter has been working on over the last few years. He has compiled a stunning collection of late harvest grapes with ‘pourriture noble’ & ‘pastrillage’ from some of the greatest vineyards of Europe.
«Peter Lippmann’s work reveals this noble state... To me these are not just images of rotting fruit, but a thoughtful, graceful and intimate symbolic display of the human condition. » - Caitlin Boyce on wildapplause March 2012
The intense darkness of this image transports me straight to outer space. I sense the natural purity & seductive power burried in these extraordinary grapes. Peter’s image is a testament for the wine lover, a reminder, if one is required, that even the rotten have some show stopping qualities.