Pirelli Calendar 2016by Annie Leibovitz

Presented in London at RoundHouse

On November 30, The 2016 Pirelli Calendar was presented in London at the Roundhouse, an industrial building which was one of the temples of rock in the British capital in the Sixties.
The 43rd edition of the Pirelli Calendar was created by Annie Leibovitz, one of the most celebrated American photographers and portraitists. Annie shots the work last July in her New York studio. The photographer is also the creator of the 2000 Pirelli Calendar, 2000 pictures that were the first set of nudes of her career.
The 2016 Pirelli Calendar features 13 women of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment, like artist, musician and performer Yoko Ono, singer Patti Smith, one of the top rock stars of all time, and the art collector and patroness Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The women are of different ages and backgrounds and have different kinds of careers. As was the case with the first few Calendars of the Sixties and, more recently, in Peter Lindbergh’s 2002 Calendar, or Patrick Demarchelier’s 2008 and Steve McCurry’s 2013 Calendars, there are no nudes.

“WHEN PIRELLI APPROACHED ME, THEY SAID THEY WANTED TO MAKE A DEPARTURE FROM THE PAST. THEY SUGGESTED THE IDEA OF PHOTOGRAPHING DISTINGUISHED WOMEN. AFTER WE AGREED ON THAT, THE GOAL WAS TO BE VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. I WANTED THE PICTURES TO SHOW THE WOMEN EXACTLY AS THEY ARE, WITH NO PRETENSE.”- ANNIE LEIBOVITZ