Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Change of Heart

The 2013 Pirelli Calendar looks set to take a decidedly different approach from previous years with the surprise appointment of photojournalist Steve McCurry at the helm. McCurry became a household name in large part, due to his haunting image of a twelve-year-old Afghan orphan named Sharbat Gula who became known as "the Afghan Girl", which graced National Geographic's cover in June 1985. McCurry is the recipient of numerous awards including Magazine Photographer of the Year (1984) and the World Press Contest 1st Prize which he has won four times. In 2009, McCurry's released a book entitled "The Unguarded Moment" featuring a series of compelling images of people living their every day lives whilst caught in extraordinary circumstances. 

Sharbat Gula
National Geographic - The Photographs
Photographer - Steve McCurry
Source - annedarlingphotography.com


Of his photographic approach, McCurry says "Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person's face." It is therefore only fitting that the theme for Pirelli's 2013 outing will be "the calendar of the soul", and will feature eleven models who are celebrated as much for their beauty as for their humanitarian efforts. Models including Liya Kebede, Kyliegh Kuhn, Elisa Sednaoui, Isabeli Fontana, Adrian Lima and Petra Nemcova were captured by McCurry in the slum districts and the sprawling wilderness of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vanity Fair Italia has released a preview of behind-the-scenes images of McCurry and his model protagonists in action. 

Liya Kebede
Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry
Photographer - Alessandro Scotti
Source - vanityfair.it

Isabeli Fontana
Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry
Photographer - Alessandro Scotti
Source - vanityfair.it

Elisa Sednaoui
Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry
Photographer - Alessandro Scotti
Source - vanityfair.it

Adriana Lima
Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry
Photographer - Alessandro Scotti
Source - vanityfair.it

Kyliegh Kuhn
Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry
Photographer - Alessandro Scotti
Source - vanityfair.it

Petra Nemcova
Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry
Photographer - Alessandro Scotti
Source - vanityfair.it

Adriana Lima
Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry
Photographer - Alessandro Scotti
Source - vanityfair.it

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