The highly anticipated 2012 Pirelli Calendar is finally released yesterday! Italian born Mario Sorrenti landed the honour to photographed some of the world’s most beautiful models and actresses (Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Saskia de Brauw, Lara Stone, Joan Smalls, Guinevere van Seenus, Malgosia Bela, Edita Vilkevicute, Kate Moss, Milla Jovovich, Margareth Made and Rinko Kikuchi) in Corsica for the exclusive calendar which featured 25 images this year. Believe it or not, despite Pirelli is an Italian company, but Mario Sorrenti is the first Italian photographer to shot the calendar!
Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, Peter Beard, Patrick Demarchelier, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott were the photographers of the calendar for the past six years. You may click the links to view their complete works.
The 40 year old photographer talked to 4 Traders about how many people around when he’s shooting nude:
“I just kept it to me and my assistant, and then I made everybody else go away. Basically, I made a very specific structure for how the day and the photographs were going to go. I would spend the first two or three hours on my own with the model, photographing her, and really just getting to know her if I didn’t know her. After that I would bring in the behind-the-scenes team. I didn’t want the girls to be distracted by that.”
“A lot of them also didn’t want to be filmed nude and I wanted them to be completely nude in the photographs. So after a while, for the behind-the- scenes video, we put on some clothes that could work and then we got the behind-the-scenes people to come in and do their stuff. But by that point, I had already achieved what I was trying to do, which was really super intimate. It’s actually the most intimate that I’ve been in a really long time taking pictures, which was really nice.”
Images via Fashionologie.