One of the premier showcases for European photographers, the Pirelli Calendar, is just out for 2012. The picture above is one that the World's Best Photography Magazine calls "one of the very few PG-13 images" from the new calendar. The photographer this year is Mario Sorrenti, who, believe it or not, is the first Italian to be chosen for the prestigious shoot.
Re the item about album covers from the other day, Mario Sorrenti has shot a number of those, including for Shakira's "Oral Fixation Vol. 1."
Read about the Pirelli Calendar here, including the story about the copy already posted on eBay for $999....
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Featured Comment by poagao: "When you can't think of anything else, photograph a pretty girl."
Featured Comment by Jim Allen: "Ummm, count me among the demographic labelled 'appreciative and admiring.' I won't make excuses, I think beautiful women are...beautiful. I'm sure this opinion will age well; I thought this at 16, and still think it at 49. I'm pretty sure I'll be solidly in the admiring camp at 75 if I'm lucky enough to make it that far. Merry Christmas Mike!"
Featured Comment by Eric: "Although I believe that the 2012 calendar will certainly feed prurient interest in minor 'slebs,' it is surely one of the least interesting ever. No edge, no art."
Featured [partial] Comment by Germaine: "A relative was a rep for The Ridge Tool Company back when Peter Gowland did the shoots for their calendar. Many of the shots featured curvy models cavorting in the Malibu surf while holding various items manufactured by the company. I'm kind of surprised that Pirelli doesn't have some sort of a product tie-in in their shots."
Mike replies: Product tie-ins in calendar-style cheesecake shots, while a distinct and well-known genre, have reliably felt kitschy and bizarre to me, always. I mean, Raquel Welch kneeling on the sand, smiling delightedly, her hand resting approvingly on the thing she kneels beside as if on the head of beloved small child...except it's not a small child, it's a Ridge OilR. That sort of thing always has struck me as strange!
Featured Comment by gary isaacs: "'The thing about Pirelli is that they're really great tires'...Milla J. sort of puts it all in perspective? lol."
Mike replies: I laughed at that too. She's right with the program, isn't she?
Featured Comment by Lukasz Kubica: "When you look at this calendar without prejudice, it is apparent (to me at least) that some (most) of this photos are much more sophisticated then it might seem. Just try looking at the composition and lighting instead of...um, other things :-) ."