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Friday 30 November 2012

Pirelli Calendar 2013 - Steve McCurry's photos

The Pirelli calendar always conjures images of models and stars, in exotic settings, with barely a stitch of clothing. Often, completely starkers.

But this year... well, the brief was completely different. Like this. Yes. Clothes.

Said photographer for the 2013 Pirelli Calendar Steve McCurry [who famously shot that photo, called 'Afghan Girl']:

“Being selected to shoot the 2013 Pirelli Calendar was a great honour, the beauty of Rio made it the perfect backdrop. Known for its soul, energy and remarkable socioUeconomic transformation, Brazil is a country which has taken her place among the fastest growing and most vibrant countries on earth. Rio’s varied landscapes of ocean, mountains and jungle, combined with a dynamic urban culture, made it a wonderful location to shoot the people whose faces you will see in these pages. Rio’s people are every bit as amazing as the spectacular landscapes. I was inspired by their hospitality, warmth and generosity. I wanted to photograph a mix of everyday people combined with a very special group of women known not only for their talent and beauty, but also for their charitable work and contributions to their communities. I also enjoyed photographing wall art all over the world, the spirit of Rio came alive through the images and words on the walls. Wall art, popularly known as graffiti, comes from an ancient tradition going back Millennia. The collection in this calendar is my personal tribute to the people who live in one of the most exciting cities I have had the privilege to photograph.”

You MUST watch this making-of backgrounder in Brazil. So well done:

And so, here are the photos - and here is the link to one of the most clicked posts on Josie's Juice: the Pirelli Calendar Saga documentary.

Yes, that's Adriana Lima - Victoria's Secret model - with child

Yes, that's Sonia Braga. [Thanks Sarine for making me check...]

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