Picture from the 2013 Carl Zeiss photo calendar

Did You Know…

…that Love Thrives On Fantasy?

Lovers who are prevented from being together have been a central theme in art and literature throughout the centuries. Even today, this subject has lost none of its appeal. One particularly interesting aspect of this topic is how a couple’s longing is reflected in fantasy – and how this becomes the strongest bond between the two people. This is the theme of the new ZEISS Art Calendar. For the fourth time now, the company has published a calendar with pictures created by a prominent photographer featuring actors of no lesser renown. For the 2013 edition, Swiss star photographer Michel Comte put Hollywood celebrities Patrick Dempsey and Rinko Kiuchi in the spotlight in Los Angeles with "Imagination" as the theme.

The twelve-month image cycle tells the story of a couple who did not get together in reality. He is a racing car driver and lives for his work. She is consumed by passion for her image of him. Accordingly, dreams and reality from different levels coalesce in the pictures. These two different worlds are constantly present, pervasively co-existing. The artist creates this impression through the use of complex multiple exposures, thereby showing the contrast between a longed-for closeness and the remoteness of a stranger.

Photographer Michel Comte is very much in demand. He achieved world fame through his 1993 nude photo of Carla Bruni, now the wife of French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, which generated 91,000 US dollars at an art auction. The stars of the calendar are actor Patrick Dempsey, known in this part of the world mainly for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd ("McDreamy") in the popular series Grey’s Anatomy, and Japanese actress Rinko Kiuchi, who made her international breakthrough with the film “Babel,” in which she co-starred with Brad Pitt, earning herself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2007.

After Wim Wenders, Bryan Adams, and Ellen von Unwerth, Michel Comte is the fourth photographer to have designed a ZEISS Art Calendar since the first edition in 2009. Calling the calendar “exclusive” is not just an empty gesture, since it is a limited-edition publication and not available in stores. Instead, it is strictly reserved for customers and partners of ZEISS, enjoying cult status among photography enthusiasts and the media.


2 January 2013