The 2017 Pirelli calendar is featuring 14 of the most prolific actresses from around the world like Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Uma Thurman.
This calendar celebrates strong but natural women and the photographer Peter Lindbergh wanted zero airbrushing or retouching: “I wanted to use the 2017 Calendar to convey a different kind of beauty,” Lindbergh says. “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. My aim was therefore to portray women in a different way: and I did this by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos.”
The photographer added: “I wanted to portray women not in terms of their perfection, but through their feelings and emotions,” the photographer explains. “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.”
In the 2017 calendar you will find more than 40 images.
Lindbergh, has always been inspired by the movies. “I think photography is as interesting as cinema because you can use just the slightest thing to make a whole lot of things visible. You see someone crossing the street: in cinema it would be nothing, whereas in photography time stops at a given moment—a wonderful, strange, intensely profound and emotional moment—a moment that comes from nothing, simply because time has stopped,” he says. “I think this is what makes photography so fascinating.”