By Denna Bowman
The 2012 edition of the Pirelli Calendar was previewed by the world’s media today.
The unveiling of the Italian tyres manufacturers annual calendar took place at “The Armory”, the 19th century New York City military landmark.
The 39th issue of ‘The Cal™’ is the work of Mario Sorrenti, the first Italian photographer in the history of a calendar that has become a cult.
Sorrenti, who chose the island of Corsica and its rugged landscape to create his ‘swoon’: ecstasy captured by images, said: “The intense relationship between a photographer and his Muse is the very essence of the creation of a strong aesthetic dialogue which leads to the sublimation of natural beauty.
“In making “The Cal”, I approached the subjects of my pictures by building a straightforward, intimate and real relationship which made it possible for me to instill the images with purity.
“In “swoon”, I put the bodies in direct contact with Nature, which harbors them as if they were its extension, in a set of images where rocks, land, tree trunks, sky and sea are all turned into a backdrop for the bodies.”
The 25 pictures of the 2012 “Calendario Pirelli” eighteen black and white and seven colour – are presented in a refined, canvas-lined portfolio, a format that has never been used before.
The 2012 Calendar features nine models, including Kate Moss and Lara Stone and and three actresses, including Milla Jovovich.