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Women's passions focus of 'Dreaming' 2019 Pirelli Calendar

By Zhang Lei | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-12-06 16:24
Alexander Wang and Gigi Hadid. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

It's a photographic tale of the aspirations of four women and their determination to achieve their goals, each one pursuing her own dreams and passions. This is "Dreaming", the 2019 Pirelli Calendar, now in its 46th edition, shot by Albert Watson in April in Miami and New York and unveiled on Wednesday at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan.

A sequence of 40 shots tells the stories of characters portrayed by Gigi Hadid with Alexander Wang, Julia Garner, Misty Copeland with Calvin Royal III, and Laetitia Casta with Sergei Polunin. The photographs, in color and black and white, are in the cinematic 16:9 format, inspired by Albert Watson's passion for the art of film.

Julia Garner. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

"When I approached this project," says Watson, "I wanted to do it in a way that was different from other photographers, and I wondered what the best way would be. In the end, I looked for pictures that were of beautiful quality, with depth to them, and that had some kind of narrative. I wanted to create something that was more than just a portrait of somebody – I wanted it to look like a film still. I wanted people looking at the calendar to see that my aim was photography in its purest form, exploring the women I was photographing and creating a situation that would convey a positive vision of women today."

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