Harry Peccinotti (aka Harri Peccinotti) is an English photographer, best known for his erotic work, most famously two Pirelli Calendars published in 1968 and 1969. His work typically features close up shots of the female form and face, and though suggestive, his work is not overtly explicit. He began as a commercial artist and musician (bass trombonist) designing record sleeves, book jackets, and eventually becoming an art director. In the 1960s Peccinotti was art director for Nova magazine, described as “a politically radical, beautifully designed, intellectual women’s magazine.” His work on Nova was exceptional and influential in its use of photography, type, and design.
He went on to art direct Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Vogue before becoming a full time photographer. Some of his clients include Vogue, Marie Claire, Queen, Elle, and Rolling Stone. Harri Peccinotti’s erotic work for the 1968 and 1969 Pirelli calendars with designer Derek Birdsall established him firmly as an editorial and fashion photographer. A notable example of his style during the 1970s are his book covers for Penguin, including a series of Iris Murdoch novels which features unusually cropped, striking pictures of women with make-up in vivid colours.
All photography © Harri Peccinotti.