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Friday 7 September 2012

'The Pirelli Calendar Saga' - SBS doco - in full, plus photos over the years

The doco 'The Pirelli Calendar Saga' aired on SBS [Australia] last night and it was pure heaven for a fan of the arty, nude-y [yes pervy, even] imagery produced for the calendar by the Italian tyre company.

I know, right. Can you imagine, say, Goodyear Australia producing something like this for its VIP customers?

It is an extraordinary piece of work, and only several thousand are produced and distributed each year.

A roll call of photog legends have shot for the calendar: Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson, Herb Ritts, Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Sorrenti, Bruce Weber, and more.

With models the main subjects, celebrities have also been photographed over the years.

And though nude shots are de rigueur now, there was a time in the calendar's history [the first Pirelli calendar was shot in 1964] when naked was a definite no-no.

Pubic hair has been known to be Photoshopped out, locations have been wacky and sometimes downright dangerous, and the results have always been spectacular.

Watch the entire doco here [click link below] and see some of the best pics over the years below [NSFW]: 


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