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Peter Lindbergh will shoot the Pirelli Calendar for 2017

The renowned German photographer is the first in the trade company's 50 year history to be asked back for a third time

Peter Lindbergh, the world-renowned photographer who’s portfolio includes the stark black and white shots of Tilda Swinton, Kate Moss and Diane Von Furstenberg, has been announced to shoot the next Pirelli Calendar.

It’s the third time the German creative, 73, will work with Pirelli – making him the company’s most used photographer. His last partnership with the Italian trade brand was with the 50th anniversary calendar, working with Patrick Demarchelier to shoot the likes of Helena Christensen and Miranda Kerr.

Last year’s edition, shot my Annie Leibovitz, was hailed for ushering in a new era for Pirelli. Subverting the idea of the nude pin-up, Leibovitz photographed some of the world’s most accomplished women, like Yoko Ono, Tavi Gevinson, Patti Smith, Amy Schumer and Serena Williams, most fully clothed. Lindbergh was involved in the first edition to include actresses, rather than models, in 2002, so it’ll be interesting to see his next take on the calendar.

Lindbergh’s also known for his 1990 Vogue cover, which featured burgeoning supermodels Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington, and he’s credited with kickstarting their iconic careers. He has spoken in the past about his quest to photograph his subjects in their “pure form”. In a 2014 Interview magazine confessional he said: "This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”