GERMANY OUTMandatory Credit: Photo by Marcus Brandt/Epa/REX/Shutterstock (8237701b)Scottish-born Photographer Albert Watson Poses in Front of One of His Artworks During a Preview of the Exhibition 'Albert Watson - Visions Feat Cotton Made in Africa' at Haus Der Photographie in Hamburg Germany 13 September 2012 the Exhibition Opens to the Public From 14 September 2012 to 06 January 2013 Germany HamburgGermany Photography - Sep 2012

The Pirelli calendar is produced in limited quantities and can be difficult to obtain, which only adds to its mystery and aura.

The calendar, which often features top models and A-list actresses and celebrities wearing very little clothing or none at all, has a look, theme and choice of talent which rests in the hands of the photographer. The Italian tire company keeps the production under wraps, teasing out bits of information in the weeks and days leading up to the launch.

The first piece of intel: Albert Watson is the shooter of the 2019 calendar images. It remains To be seen whether Watson will depart from the sexually charged photos of previous years.

All the photographer would say is that wanted to approach the calendar “in a different way to the other photographers, exploring the women with a sense of inquiry to create a situation that’s important for 2019. If you remember anything from this 2019 calendar, you’ll remember that I like to do pure photography, nothing else.” Peter Beard, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Peter LindberghTerry Richardson and Mario Testino have shot the Pirelli calendar.

Watson, since the mid-Seventies, has shot more than 100 Vogue covers and more than 40 covers for Rolling Stone. He’s taken portraits of everyone from a nude Kate Moss on her 19th birthday to Steve Jobs and Alfred Hitchcock holding a plucked goose.

Watson, who had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, has published five books. The Pirelli calendar, which has been around with the Sixties, has broken with its racy tradition before. The 2018 version, featured all black talent and was cast and directed by Edward Enninful, the first black editor in chief of British Vogue, and shot by Tim Walker, who was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

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