Kate Winslet, Julian Moore, Uma Thurman and Robin Wright, among many others (40 images of 14 award-winning actresses), strip away the Hollywood glamour in front of Peter Lindbergh‘s lens for Pirelli Calendar 2017. And we may now have a look backstage…
Since launching in 1964, the calendar was previously known to feature supermodels or celebrities with sexuality on full display (in lingerie, or more often, naked). The new photos were shot by German photographer Peter Lindbergh, who’has three Pirelli calendars under his belt and has often been credited with the creation of the “supermodel”. Each actress was shot in black and white, wearing minimal makeup — a Lindbergh signature.
And so, vocal against retouching, he captured Hollywood royalty in raw, just-woke-up reality for this year’s long awaited all star calendar.
“We are used to such spectacular images, aren’t we?” Mirren said, referencing retouched photos and editorials, “Here, we’re going away from that–let’s find the ‘amazing’ in something that’s human and real. It is dangerous. [We] need our eyes to be reeducated because we’re so used to these spectacular, digitally enhanced pictures.“
His aim was to “capture sensitivity and emotion, laying bare the souls of the women in the images, rendering them more naked than a nude,” he said at the international press launch in Paris.
“As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to free women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection,” he added. “Society’s ideal of perfection is impossible to achieve. And I wanted to remind everyone that there’s a beauty that’s more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests. Beauty speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your very own sensibility–that’s my definition of a woman today. That’s the goal of the calendar–to the show the woman. And not this stretched, manipulated, emptied [person] you see in the magazines today.”
This marks the second year in a row that the calendar has defied its NSFW reputation, and the formula of nudity and youth that has come to define it. Last year’s calendar, shot by American portraitist Annie Leibovitz, was praised for its body and age diversity, and featured the likes of Serena Williams, Amy Schumer and Yoko Ono.
“I think Peter’s mission with everyone involved wanting to free women from oppressive and false standards is fantastic,” Uma Thurman added at a press conference.
Enjoy every click, every second, every wrinkle, every smile. The time is now, ladies.