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Submitted by Michael on Mon, 2010-12-13 11:00

Watching Karl Lagerfeld shooting the Pirelli Calendar 2011

As a photography lover I wonder how to get the Pirelli Calendar?

As a photographer I wonder what it takes to get an assignment to shoot a Pirelli Calendar?

Anyway, it's fun for me watching Karl Lagerfeld shooting them. I really like him.

On RockMyBlog.com  I had a look at the photos and found the following background information: 

From his Paris studio, Karl Lagerfeld created “Mythology”, the Pirelli’s 2011 Calendar that reflects one of his deepest passions, that of Greek and Roman mythology, tales of the origins of humanity told through the adventures of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines. On a voyage back through time transported by the universal language of photography, “Mythology” takes us to the roots of classical civilisation and takes the Pirelli Calendar back to the Old World, where nearly 140 years ago a company was born that was to become a multinational organisation with operations in over 160 nations around the world.

 

The 36 photos that make up the 2011 Calendar show 24 different subjects, including gods, heroes and myths. With his keen eye, Lagerfeld has ‘sculpted’ these photos both in terms of their aesthetic rigour and for the recurring references to the art of sculpture and its classical tenets. All of the photos are in black and white, which lends character to the images, exalts the beauty of the figures represented in sharp chromatic contrast, and gives them a certain three-dimensionality through the careful use of light.There are 21 protagonists of this edition: 15 female models, 5 male models, and the American actress Julianne Moore. The female models include: Italian models Bianca Balti and Elisa Sednaoui; Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen; Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana (also in the 2005 Calendar by Patrick Demarchelier and in the 2009 edition by Peter Beard); Polish models Magdalena Frackowiak and Anja Rubik; Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw (who debuted in the 2010 Calendar by Terry Richardson); Indian model Lakshmi Menon; American models Heidi Mount and Erin Wasson (who debuted in the 2005 Calendar by Patrick Demarchelier); Russian model Natasha Poly; Dutch model Lara Stone and Canadian model Daria Werbowy (both of whom Peter Beard had also chosen for the 2009 Calendar); Austrian model Iris Strubegger; and Jamaican model Jeneil Williams. The 5 male models are Baptiste Giabiconi and Sébastien Jondeau (French), Brad Kroenig and Garret Neff (American), and Jake Davis (British).There are 21 protagonists of this edition: 15 female models, 5 male models, and the American actress Julianne Moore. The female models include: Italian models Bianca Balti and Elisa Sednaoui; Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen; Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana (also in the 2005 Calendar by Patrick Demarchelier and in the 2009 edition by Peter Beard); Polish models Magdalena Frackowiak and Anja Rubik; Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw (who debuted in the 2010 Calendar by Terry Richardson); Indian model Lakshmi Menon; American models Heidi Mount and Erin Wasson (who debuted in the 2005 Calendar by Patrick Demarchelier); Russian model Natasha Poly; Dutch model Lara Stone and Canadian model Daria Werbowy (both of whom Peter Beard had also chosen for the 2009 Calendar); Austrian model Iris Strubegger; and Jamaican model Jeneil Williams. The 5 male models are Baptiste Giabiconi and Sébastien Jondeau (French), Brad Kroenig and Garret Neff (American), and Jake Davis (British).

I guess that is the same info like you would get if you register on the pirelli website.

I wish you good light!
-- Michael

 


You see Karl getting really close with his camera. I thought most portrait photographers preferred to zoom in from a distance.

How would he avoid getting a distorted face from so close? Is it something to do with his lens and size of sensor...?

Or was he taking the photo for a different purpose when he got that close I wonder?

I love it wishing i am working with them i am photogapher but i wish we have a few from the the freedoum in us or uk have so can have my own moudles and use my leica any way thank you for letting me ejoy your lovely site.

I have loved Lagerfelds work for many years...
but I have to say I am a little disappointed at this shoot.. the images all very dark and very little light variation making it somewhat repetitive and boring.
I expected something much more inspiring!
Sorry... just my view!


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