Peter Lindbergh, a renowned photographer who has spoken out against retouching, went behind the lenses and captured photos of huge Hollywood stars at a vulnerable state for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, which launched today in Paris.
Stars that were a part of the upcoming year’s calendar include Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Lupito Nyong’o, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright and Zhang Ziyi.
The Pirelli Calendar was established in 1964 and it usually brought the faces of supermodels to light. It wasn’t until last year that another renown photographer, Annie Leibovitz had philanthropists, writers and artists, such as Yoko Ono and Serena Williams be the faces for the calendar.
Each of these Hollywood starlets were photographed in black and white with barely any maekup on and styling. Lindbergh does this in order to acknowledge everyone “that there’s a beauty that’s more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests.”
Lindbergh then states his own definition of a woman at a press conference. In his perspective, “beauty speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself and your very own sensibility- that’s my definition of a woman today.”
Peter Lindbergh has starlets from various age groups, like Kate Winslet at 41 to Charlotte Rampling at 70, proudly showing their age in these raw and untouched pictures no matter what Hollywood standards are for women.
Starlets like Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren support Lindbergh’s vision of what a free woman should be. Thurman adds, “I think Peter’s mission with everyone involved wanting to free women from oppressive and false standards is fantastic,”.
Helen Mirren adds, “Let’s find the ‘amazing’ in the something that’s human and real. It is dangerous. We need our eyes to be reeducated because we’re so sued to these spectacular, digitally enhanced pictures.”