Donald Verger Art Calendars
Photographs of partially dressed or nude models are what Pirelli calendars are best known for. But times change. The tyre company decided to go with a more socially engaged 2013 calendar which feature fully clothed models known for their humanitarian causes and ordinary people from the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Their choice of photographer was also unusual.
Rather than pick a fashion photographer, they chose Steve McCurry, one of the world’s most famous war photographers. One of his best known pictures is that of a 13 year old Pashtun girl with haunting green eyes. He photographed the young Afghan orphan back in the 1980’s during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
He said in this article, “You can photograph nudes anywhere. But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.”
The calendar pictures alternate between those of well known celebrities with others which brilliantly capture the spirit of this dynamic city. His years of experience as a “street photographer” is particularly telling with his images of a young fruit and vegetable seller, energetic capoeira masters, an art teacher, wall graffiti and other street scenes.
The stunning calendar is quite the departure for both McCurry and Pirelli. It is not for sale. Pirelli only prints a limited number to hand out to corporate clients and associates.
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