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Albert Watson
Dreaming. Pirelli Calendar 2019

Gigi Hadid, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Julia Garner, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Laetitia Casat, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Misty Copeland, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Gigi Hadid, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Julia Garner, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Laetitia Casat and Segei Polunin, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Julia Garner and Astrid Eika, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Misty Copeland, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Laetitia Casat and Segei Polunin, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar Alexander Wang and Gigi Hadid, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Gigi Hadid, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Julia Garner, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Laetitia Casat, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Misty Copeland, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Gigi Hadid, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Julia Garner, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Laetitia Casat and Segei Polunin, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Julia Garner and Astrid Eika, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Misty Copeland, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Laetitia Casat and Segei Polunin, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

Alexander Wang and Gigi Hadid, shot by Albert Watson for the 2019 Pirelli calendar

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As part of the XI International Biennale "Fashion and Style in Photos 2019"
As part of the XI International Biennale "Fashion and Style in Photos 2019"

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MOSCOW CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE
MULTIMEDIA ART MUSEUM, MOSCOW

PRESENT THE EXHIBITION

DREAMING
Albert Watson
Pirelli 2019

15 February 2019 — 12 May 2019

As part of the XI Moscow International Biennnale ‘Fashion and Style in Photography 2019’, the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow presents an exhibition of the legendary Pirelli Calendar. The author of the calendar’s 46th edition is Albert Watson, one of the most celebrated photographers of our time.

The large-scale retrospective and master class by Albert Watson proved highly successful at the Fashion and Style in Photography 2015 festival, and MAMM is now delighted to showcase a new project by this star of world photography, created specially for the Pirelli Calendar.

This exhibition features forty colour and black and white photographs in 16:9 format. The calendar shoot took place in April 2018, in Miami and New York. Participants included supermodel Gigi Hadid and the acclaimed American designer Alexander Wang; stars of the American Ballet Theater Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III; top model and actress Laetitia Casta and the famous dancer Sergei Polunin; the promising young actress Julia Garner and Swedish model Astrid Eika.

‘When I approached this project,’ explains 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. It was my intention to create a series of images that was more than just a portrait of somebody: I wanted them to look like film stills. I wanted people looking at the calendar to see that my aim was photography in its purest form, exploring the inner world of the characters I was photographing and creating a situation that would convey a positive vision of women today.’

According to Albert Watson, ‘The Power of Dreams’ exhibition is more a cinematic than a photographic project. It consists of four series of photographs, four ‘mini-films’ that tell the stories of four women. Each heroine has her own narrative, her own idea of happiness and her own ways to achieve her cherished dream.

‘To make a dream come true, you have to work hard. I’ve always taken it step by step, reaching one goal at a time, without wanting to get immediately to the top of the ladder. Even though I sometimes think this ladder could go on up forever, with the top rung ever-further away, I think it’s always worth giving yourself increasingly ambitious goals and dreams,’ says the photographer.

Gigi Hadid plays the role of a woman who has recently separated from her beloved and confined herself to a glass tower of loneliness. Her only confidante is the character acted by Alexander Wang, who helps her get over this difficult time and decide what to do tomorrow. By the choice of expressive means this is the most ‘minimalistic’ story of the four narratives.

Julia Garner plays the part of a young botanical photographer who dreams of putting on successful exhibitions. The pictures were taken at the tropical gardens in Miami, the ideal place for such a shoot.

Misty Copeland’s character, whose partner is portrayed by Calvin Royal III, hopes to be a prima ballerina one day, although she earns her living as a nightclub dancer. She has put up a little stage in her garden where she can practise, sometimes with her boyfriend, and so become a star.

Laetitia Casta plays the role of a painter who lives in a studio apartment with her partner, acted by Sergei Polunin. They both dream of success: she as an artist, he as a dancer. ‘What’s interesting,’ says Watson, ‘is that, in real life, Laetitia really does do a lot of sculpting and creates artwork in her spare time. This worked out very well and helped her get into character.’

Project presented by

Pirelli

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Silver Rain


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