Paris, 29. November 2016
Yesterday, the famous photographer, Peter Lindbergh, presented his latest work in Paris, the current Pirelli calendar 2017. This makes the German artist the only photographer who has designed the cult calendar three times. In 1996 he made the recordings in the desert El Mirage in California. In 2002 he went to the studios of Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. In the year 2014, together with Patrick Demarchelier, he also made the recordings on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the calendar, which this year, as there were some interruptions in the publication, is published for the forty-fourth time.
This time, Lindbergh paid special attention to the naturalness of his “objects”: “In a time when the women are in the media and in general as a reflection of perfection and beauty, it was important for me to remember, that there is still another, more real and authentic kind of beauty that is not manipulated by
advertising or other. A beauty, the individuality and the courage to be yourself as well as to express sensibility.” The title “Emotional”, chosen by Lindbergh, underscores his intention not to create a
calendar of perfect bodies, but rather a calendar of sensibility and emotions, which empties the souls of the sensed persons and makes them more naked than in nude shots. “In order to realize his notion of natural beauty and femininity, Lindbergh photographed fourteen well-known 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, Zhang Ziyi.
On the other hand, he also placed Anastasia Ignatova, Professor of Political Theory at MGIMO – Moscow State University of International Relations.
This choice underscores once more Lindbergh’s passion for cinema. And so it seems right that the choice for the venue of the traditional Galadine to present the new calendar, to the “Cité du Cinéma” of Saint Denis,
is one of the most important film studios in Europe.
The recordings were made in five different locations in May and June of this year: Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, London and the beach of Le Touquet in France. There was a calendar with forty portraits and recordings, which were realized not only in the studio, but in different places of the cities and sets under the open air: on streets, in fast food restaurants, in Los Angeles hotels on the New York Times Square, the Sophienaelen of Berlin, on the rooftops of the New York studios, or on the beach at Le Touquet.
But not only the film forms the background to Lindbergh’s works. Since time immemorial, the photographer has masterfully incorporated elements from the industrial environment of his childhood into his photographs. Lindbergh has also made numerous recordings at the Pirelli factory in Settimo Torinese, one of the high-tech plants of the Pirelli Group. There was a series of photographs from the world of automation and innovation that were so impressive and so expressive that “we finally decided to keep the recordings of the two different locations separate and the factory recordings for a future standalone and from the calendar Independent project, “as the photographer explained in an interview published in the magazine Pirelli World.
What happened behind the scenes, the preparation of the recordings, anecdotes or stories on the main characters of the Pirelli calendar 2017 can be seen on the page www.pirellicalendar.com. The platform presents films, interviews, photos and unpublished texts from the more than 50-year history of The CalTM.Aber nicht nur der Film bildet den Hintergrund zu Lindberghs Werken. © Pirelli Kalender 2017, Peter Lindbergh
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