Lookin’ Good: Helmut Newton and Beautiful Women – The Pirelli Calendar Turns 50
“The last thing left in nature is the attractiveness and the beauty of women,” spoke Peter Beard of the Pirelli calendar’s subjects.
In a video to celebrate the calendar’s 50 years, some of the best and most prolific photographers – Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Steve McCurry, Terry Richardson, Night Knight – gave their take on what it means to shoot for the calendar. Could anyone say it better than Richardson who asked, “What’s cooler than doing the Pirelli calendar?” For the models, the photographers, and everyone who enjoys it after, not much.
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In celebration of the calendar’s 50th year, Pirelli chose for 2014 not to release a new calendar, but a previously unreleased, Helmut Newton lensed calendar from 1986, which serendipitously functions, date for date, as a working calendar for 2014 – in case you needed your Pirelli calendar to be more than just really, really sexy.
The black and white images reveal a still sexual but more sensual Newton. The images are now 28 years old, and like their predecessors and those that have come since, the way a woman’s body is portrayed is unlike anything else. “The girls we use in the Pirelli calendar are the kind of goddesses of today,” says Lagerfeld. And when it’s well done like this, the sexuality translates easily to sensuality.
Pirelli celebrates their 50th calendar year this evening in Milan.