The title of the 2023 Pirelli Calendar by Emma Summerton is “Love Letters to the Muse” and will feature some of the world’s most high-profile models shot by Summerton in New York and London. The concept of the 2023 Pirelli Calendar is focused on the Muses, imaginary and archetype characters that inspired the photographer throughout her life. It is a tribute to all the Women who have inspired Summerton, from her mother to a collection of women singers, actresses, artists, writers, activists, painters and many others. Many of her ideas come from these women both real and imagined.
«From the beginning of my journey with photography I have always been driven by who the Woman in my image is. Where does she come from? Where does she want to go? Who does she love? How does she love? What drives her? How does she imagine herself in the world? How does she become the imagination of herself? I first ask these questions of myself then project them out into the story I am trying to tell or the emotion I am hoping to convey. The intention is to inspire the viewer to open their mind and dream with me» explains the Australian photographer who shoot the 49 th edition of The Cal™ in three days of intense work in New York in June followed by a day in London in July.
«I noted Emma Summerton’s work because her pictures represent a dreamlike and magical world, very rich in colour and imaginativeness. And as we live in a time when the “real” and the”unreal” meet with ever greater frequency, she seemed the perfect artist to interpret this moment and at the same time make a great contribution to the heritage of the Pirelli Calendar» states Mr. Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli Executive Vice Chairman and Ceo.
These are the Muses embodied by the models. Adwoa Aboah, the Queen; Adut Akech, the Dream Catcher; He Cong, the Sage; Cara Delevingne, the Performer; Ashley Graham, the Activist; Bella Hadid, the Sprite; Karlie Kloss, the Tech Savant; Precious Lee, the Storyteller; Lila Moss, the Seer; Sasha Pivovarova, the Painter; Emily Ratajkowski, the Writer; Guinevere van Seenus, the Photographer; Lauren Wasser, the Athlete; Kaya Wilkins, the Musician.