The tire company commissioned photographer Albert Watson for the new 2019 Pirelli calendar. The Scot produced "The Cal" in April 2018 in ten days between Miami and New York. The new Pirelli calendar is called "Dreaming". One of the women has fulfilled her lifelong dream. Photographically, Watson asks, "Is she happy?" The protagonists photographed by Watson for the 2019 Pirelli Calendar are Misty Copeland, first African American prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, Laetitia Casta, French actress and model, Julia Garner, US actress and model Gigi Hadid.
"The Cal 2019" tells life dreams
In his pictures, the 76-year-old photographer presents various stages of the women on their way to the goal of their dreams. His aim was to convey the emotional power of dreams in the recordings, to highlight turning points in life and to show moments of victory and defeat before the women meet.
Day 1: Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III as Dancers The Story: Misty plays a dancer who earns a living in a downtown strip club. She and her boyfriend live in a small art deco house and share a dream of becoming a star.
Day 2: Laetitia Casta as a painter and Sergei Polunin as a dancer The story: Laetitia plays a painter who dreams of her future. She lives with her boyfriend, a dancer, in a funky downtown loft.
Day 3: Julia Garner as a photographer and Astrid Eika as a model The story: Julia plays a photographer working in a botanical garden, photographing rare plants while she dreams of becoming a recognized portrait photographer.
Day 4: Gigi Hadid as a career woman and Alexander Wang as her confidante The Story: Gigi plays a rich, successful woman who seems to have everything. And yet a certain sadness creeps up on her from time to time. She only feels safe in her apartment in New York next to her best friend and confidant.
Photographer Albert Watson - awarded by the Queen
Albert Watson has been a photographer for magazines such as "Vogue", "Harper's Bazaar", "Time" or "Rolling Stone" since the 70s. He is one of the 20 most influential photographers in the world and was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for his services to photographic art. Albert Watson's visual language follows its own unmistakable rules and quality criteria. With their brilliance, urgency and grandeur, his photographs clearly stand out from the styles typical of today.
Also famous is the portrait of Apple boss Steve Jobs on the cover of the biography, the photo of Alfred Hitchcock with the plucked goose or the picture of Kate Moss naked on her 19th birthday. He also photographed the film poster for "Kill Bill".
The 2019 Pirelli calendar is the 46th edition since it was first published in 1964. At that time, Derek Forsyth was hired as the photographer. Since then, "The Cal" has reflected current affairs and social developments. But not only the most successful photographers and most beautiful models contributed to the success. The decision not to put the Pirelli calendar on free sale, but only to distribute it to friends and customers of the Pirelli company, also contributed to the cult status.
You can find all the motifs and details of past issues in our table.