A different kind of beauty – Pirelli unveils 2017 Calendar

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Nicole Kidman was the first actress Lindbergh photographed for the 2017 Cal
Nicole Kidman was the first actress Lindbergh photographed for the 2017 Cal

Nudity of the soul is order of the day within the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, which is being launched in Paris today. Renowned German photographer Peter Lindbergh, the man behind the 1996 Cal and co-photographer of the 50th anniversary edition produced in 2014, took up position behind the lens for a third time to create a work of art that shows a “different beauty.” He has titled next year’s Calendar ‘Emotional’.

Lindbergh states that the idea behind the photos he shot 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.” He adds: “Since it’s based on consumption, the present system offers a single kind of beauty, which is essentially one of youth and perfection, since its objective is to get people to consume. But this idea of beauty has nothing to do with the real world or with women. Through the Pirelli Calendar I’ve tried to convey a different message, which is that beauty is far more than what advertising offers us today…I wanted to portray women not in terms of their perfection, but through their feelings and emotions. That’s why I called this edition of the Calendar ‘Emotional’: not some artificial perfection, but the real world and the emotions that well up behind the faces of these women.”

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

The pages of the 2017 Calendar feature 14 internationally renowned actresses – Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Lea Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright and Zhang Ziyi. He has also included Anastasia Ignatova, professor of Political Theory at MGIMO – Moscow State University of International Relations. These choices, comments Pirelli, reveal Lindbergh’s love of the cinema, and makes the Cité du Cinéma in Saint Denis, one of Europe’s most important film studios, the “natural setting” for the traditional Calendar gala dinner, which will be held this evening.

“My aim was to portray women in a different way,” says Lindbergh. “And I did it by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos. As an artist, I feel I’m responsible for freeing women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. The ideal of perfect beauty promoted by society is something that simply can’t be attained.”

Robin Wright

Robin Wright

The photos for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar were taken between May and June this year in five different locations: Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, London and the beach at Le Touquet in France. The result is a calendar consisting of 40 images – with portraits and environments – shot both in the studio and on location. “We thus see the streets, fast food joints and run- down hotels in downtown Los Angeles, along with Times Square in New York, the Sophiensaele theatre in Berlin, attic roofs in New York and London and the beach at Le Touquet,” comments Pirelli.

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

Lindbergh shares that the initial idea, inspired by Pirelli CEO and executive vice-president Marco Tronchetti Provera, was to introduce aspects of technology and industry into the Calendar, therefore during his work on the project he also took many photographs at the Pirelli industrial centre in Settimo Torinese, the Pirelli Group’s most technologically advanced factory. These automation and innovation-themed photos aren’t to be found in the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, however. “In the end we decided to keep the two series of shots separate and to use the ones in the factory for an independent project, rather than for the Calendar,” comments the photographer.

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