The launch of the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, as it always has been, was one of the most anticipated events of the year in the world of art and fashion. Peter Lindberg was the photographer, who, in his own words, wanted to “emphasise how the idea behind his photos was to create a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus become more nude than naked.”
His ‘sitters’ for the calendar, known as ‘The Cal’, were not conventional models but actresses from around the globe.
The world’s press, from New York to Russia and France to Brazil, was at the launch to write and comment on the stars and the photographer of this latest edition. As well as featuring the photos and videos from the shots of the calendar, many also explained Lindberg’s ‘emotional’ central theme of his work. He said of his project, “We see all these people today who all want to be perfect and young. My thought was, ‘Why don’t we do a calendar with women ready to go without much makeup, to be as they are?’ For me, beauty is someone who can say yes to herself.”
The Cal is a production of 40 beautiful, black and white images and the making of this work is worth watching.
The Pirelli Calendar celebrates half a century of successes going through 160 images of more than 30 photographers, who have worked on the Calendar over the years.