in 2017, the pirelli calendar is rejecting retouching
Peter Lindbergh said he aimed 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.”
In recent years, Pirelli calendars have moved away from their ultra-glam aesthetic to something a little more nuanced. Last year, Annie Leibovitz presented icons including Serena Williams, Patti Smith, Tavi Gevinson and Yoko Ono as powerful figures, celebrating them for more than their bodies. This year, Peter Lindbergh is following her lead for the 2017 edition. His aim 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 also chose to not retouch the images.
The 44th edition, titled Emotional, features Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o, Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zhang Ziyi. In an unexpected twist, Moscow State University professor Anastacia Ignatova also stars.
Enjoy a peek below, and check out a behind the scenes video of the shoot here.
Text Wendy Syfret
Images via @Pirelli