Pirelli Calendar 2016

November 30, 2015 ,
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by Evelina Mavrides
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Pirelli Calendar 2016 is here!

Sneek peak of all the official images for next year’s calendar

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       The Pirelli Calendar, well known for it’s glamorous nude portraits and limited availability, received a total makeover for the 43rd edition. Today in London, photographer Annie Leibovitz and Pirelli unveiled their new concept highlighting 13 influential women across all different backgrounds and achievements, whom were photographed wearing more clothing past calendars: Yao Chen, Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Agnes Gund with her granddaughter Sadie Rain Hope-Gund, Serena Williams, Mellody Hobson, Fran Leibovitz, Ava DuVernay, Tavi Gevinson, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Amy Schumer. “We needed more than 12 months,” said Leibovitz, who was in charge of the casting, “there’s no beginning or end, we could’ve gone on and on’’. For next year, more than any other, the big reveal has been highly anticipated due to the fact that the publication has undergone something of a change in direction, and everybody was aware of that.

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Patti Smith, November Picture credit: Annie Leibovitz

 

While Pirelli has had a reputation for producing super sexy calendars, and glorious fashion photographers and top models, Leibovitz noted that the Italian company was the driving force behind the departure. “They came to me with the mandate that they would like to do something different but I didn’t let them in the door once I started shooting,” Leibovitz revealed on having full creative control.

 

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Yao Chen, foreword photograph Picture credit: Annie Leibovitz

 

 

Far from the playful pin-up girls of 2015, for 2016 the images are focused on the women in the photographs rather than their physiques and, as in 2002, 2008 and 2013, there are no nudes.

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Serena Williams, April Picture credit: Annie Leibovitz

For 2016, we did something completely different, but it is still simple. It is a classic set of black-and-white portraits made in the studio,” said Leibovitz. “When Pirelli approached me, they said they wanted to make a departure from the past. They suggested the idea of photographing distinguished women. After we agreed on that, the goal was to be very straightforward. I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense.”

 

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March: Agnes Gund and Sadie Rain Hope-Gund . Picture credit: Annie Leibovitz

 

We are all very excited to see what the result will be!

More info soon xxx

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