“I always thought about taking clothes off as a way of getting close to the individual and the person, and of getting something that was more honest and pure,” Mario Sorrenti commented on his work for the 2012 Pirelli calendar, which is to be performed in New York on Tuesday.
The calendar is considered to be one of the most popular collections of nude photographs since its inception in 1964. The Italian company had an idea to releade a calendar shot by the world’s most popular photographers such as Norman Parkinson, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindberg and Patrick Demarchelier.
All these masters of culture have worked on the calendar not the first time. They managed to take the greatest beauties of the time to spectacular and remote locations across the globe.
A photographer Mario Sorrenti cast twelve girls for this year’s edition, with the help of casting director Jennifer Starr, shot in the beautiful landscape of Corsica.
Sorrenti said,”We tried to keep it very simple, there were times where we did just photographs with the model and myself and there was no one around. I think that was the moment when I was able to capture some of the most beautiful photographs…You kind of lose yourself and you go with the flow of the moment and just let things happen.”
Details of this year’s project, shot in Corsica, were revealed at a press conference on Tuesday morning, before the official launch at a party this evening.
The list of beauties includes nine models and three actresses, many of whom have also appeared in the calendar in previous years. Among the celebrities are Kate Moss, Guinevere Can Seenus, Malgosia, Edita Vilkeviciute, Isabeli Fontana,Â Lara Stone, Natasha Poly and many others.
Sorrenti has known Moss and Jovovich since their youth starting out in the fashion industry.
“He adores women – he really loves the female form and everything about it,” said Moss. “I’ve known him since I was 17. We were boyfriend and girlfriend for a couple years. It’s easy to see that he loves women.”
“Mario and I have been friends since we were teenagers. He’s the only person I would take my clothes off for,” added Mila Jovovich.Â The other beauties said they felt comfortable when working with the photographer.
“In the end you get that one shot, that magical decisive moment. It’s not sexy in-your-face, it’s more innocent sexy” and “I’d like to do it every year till I’m 75,” said Lara Stone.
“I shot in the woods and it was very serene. It makes you feel calm and comfortable in your own body, so you focus on the beauty and intimacy,” agreed Joan Smalls.
“I feel always beautiful when he’s shooting me,” said Natasha Poly, while Isabeli Fontana commented: “Mario likes a girl very natural and just how we were born… as relaxed as possible,”
“It’s mysterious and secretive, but I trust Mario… it’s poetic,” said Rinko Kikuchi. “Mario makes you feel very powerful and beautiful as you are – he empowers women which I think is beautiful,”said Saskia de Brauw.
Sorrenti said that the shot reminded him “how much more special it is when it’s just you and your subjectâ€¦When I was modelling I did a lot of nudes. I associate that with the closest thing to artistic expression that I could have achieved intellectually at that period.” [Via The TelegraphÂ and Harper’s Bazar]