Pirelli Presents the 2017 Calendar
On Tuesday, November 29, photographs taken by a German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh for Pirelli Calendar 2017 were presented in Paris. This year, the calendar features famous actresses, including Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Lea Seydoux, Jessica Chastain, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zhang Ziyi.
In addition, Anastasia Ignatova, a Political Theory professor at Moscow State University, participated in the project as a guest star.
The photographer says that his main goal was not to create a calendar about the perfection of the body, but capture the feelings and emotions of women: “I wanted to show women in a different way: I did this by asking actresses who have always played an important role in my life and to try and get as close to them as possible through my photos,” Lindbergh says. “As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to free women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. Society’s ideal of perfection is impossible to achieve.”
For Lindbergh, who is most famous as an author of the iconic 1990 Vogue cover, this year’s calendar is the third: he took the photographs for 1996 and 2002 calendars.
The author of last year’s Pirelli Calendar was American photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also moved away from the traditional concept of the Calendar and took portraits of 13 influential women of our time.