The 2006 Pirelli Calendar

Paris, November 18, 2005 - The 2006 edition of the Pirelli Calendar, a cult object for more than 40 years for people who love photography, beauty, and the evolution of society, will be presented in a world premiere this evening in Paris.

" The Cal" 2006 by the consolidated British-Turkish duo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, world renowned photographers that specialize in women's portraits, was shot in a striking sixties-like setting on the French Riviera and stars six extraordinarily beautiful and sensual women.

Jennifer Lopez, making her Pirelli Calendar debut, Giselle Bundchen (chosen for the 2001 calendar by Mario Testino), Guinevere Van Seenus, Kate Moss (who made her debut in the famous 1994 Herb Ritts edition), Karen Elson (extremely young in the Herb Ritts 1999 calendar and also appearing in the 2001 edition by Mario Testino), and Natalia Vodianova (who made her debut in 2003 with Bruce Weber and also starred in Nick Knight's 2004 edition) are nude, sexy and gorgeous in 27 shots that make up the most transgressive edition of " The Cal" .

Seduction and freedom of expression are the absolute protagonists of the 2006 Pirelli Calendar, whose linking thread could be summed up in the expression " libres et puissantes" . Aware of their fame and beauty, the six models feel free to undress and appear sensual and intriguing. The body is portrayed as a free instrument of power: sensuality becomes a dolphin on a leash or a cat securely held in the nude arms of a naughty girl. True contemporary icons, the interpreters posed with impeccable professionalism, creating an immediate feeling with two of the world's greatest photographers.

The Alas-Piggot duo has an innovative, versatile style. Mert's tenacity blends perfectly with Marcus' inventiveness, and the result is an elegant and very personal approach to photography: provocative and opulent, the mainly black and white photos (except for subtle splashes of color on the cover and in the months of March and November) evoke Newton-like moods and portray an inebriating, wicked woman. " Everything revolves around the models, and there is great freedom. We create images that follow no rules," underlined Mert. " The photo shoot was an experience where everything flowed and was very natural," added Marcus.

The extraordinary settings offered by Cap d'Antibes and the French Riviera are extremely elegant. The sea, the cliffs plunging into the water, luxurious yachts and fabulous villas with sumptuous gardens are the backdrops for this edition. Water is a dominant element that accentuates the shine of the skin and creates extraordinary light effects on wet bodies, which makes the photos particularly sensuous and enticing. Strong, sexy black and white amplifies and completes the effects of the sea. The modern and original photos have a sixties and seventies mood nonetheless, blending tradition and innovation, which the two photographers use to impress their very personal mark of distinction upon the calendar and simultaneously pay homage to its historical significance and the legend that has accompanied it over the years.

The launch of the 2006 calendar coincides with the birth of www.pirellical.com, the new portal devoted to The Cal that presents 42 years of the history of photography. Three years from the launch of the first official website, the legend of the Pirelli Calendar is also renewed online, with new and exclusive contents.

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