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Idris Elba and Angela Bassett headline ‘Timeless’ show of Black excellence in Pirelli calendar 2024

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The 50th edition of the iconic Pirelli calendar has burst onto the scene, splashing glamour and fresh faces in a celebration of Black talent. This historic edition, overseen by 28-year-old Ghanaian photographer Prince Gyasi, marks a departure from tradition with bold compositions and a kaleidoscope of colors.

Gyasi, the first Black and African photographer in the calendar’s history, showcases a star-studded cast featuring Idris Elba, Angela Bassett, Naomi Campbell, and Ghana’s king, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. His playful and vibrant touch is evident, turning Elba’s shoot into a pontoon adventure and capturing poet Amanda Gorman and writer Margot Lee Shetterly in the act of preparing a lecture.

Despite his youthful exuberance, Gyasi brings a seasoned approach to his art. Drawing inspiration from his synaesthesia, Gyasi infuses the calendar with saturated block colors, creating an uncanny bridge between surrealism and reality. His theme, “Timeless,” goes beyond the literal, aiming to produce images that withstand the test of time, still radiating quality and freshness in two decades.

From humble beginnings photographing the streets of Accra at 16 with an iPhone, Gyasi has soared to international acclaim, working with brands like Puma and Balmain. His rise is a testament to his artistic vision and determination to reshape perceptions in his community.

As the Pirelli calendar reflects on time, Gyasi shares advice with his younger self: “Be patient; breathe. Stay patient, keep believing in yourself, and ensure that your journey is centered around community. Being the first means making sure you’re not the last.”

December 13, 2023

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