“The world of renowned visual hybrid Pierre Winther, known for creating powerful visual worlds and rethinking brand ideas outside the so called “box” creating own-able visual worlds for the brands. Pierre Winther’s artwork has pushed the awareness of various brands to higher levels over these collaborations”
Driven by his strong intuition, Pierre Winther´s approach to creation is unconventional. He is a master of the art of fusion, who seeks inspiration everywhere and puts it into a new context. With a wealth of experience and an analytical mind, he has the ability to break complex issues into component parts. He defines problems and recognises opportunities to develop new creative strategies and leverage creative potential. Winther´s creativity alternates between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality and results in high-concept ideas.
Through his collaborations with, G-Star, Dunhill, Diesel, Levi´s, Hugo Boss, Lego, Energie Jeans, Adidas, Finlandia Vodka, Smirnoff, Coca Cola, Sony, BMW, NIKE, Cartier, just to name a few. Pierre Winther has established himself as a master of the art of visual storytelling. His high-concept ideas challenge the status quo and push brands to new heights of awareness, leveraging the power of creativity to create own-able visual worlds that captivate and inspire. Whether crafting dynamic marketing campaigns or developing innovative e-commerce strategies, Pierre Winther’s world-building approach has proven time and again to be a game-changer for brands looking to stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression.
Pierre Winther´s collaboration with DIESEL JEANS paved the way for a new direction in image and style. In collaboration with the Diesel HQ and the agency Paradiset from Stockholm, Winther created and realized the campaign „Successful Living“ which combined a complex staging and grotesque scenarios such as a car crash or a bizarre church event. The campaign broke the pattern of common perception: The images caused a worldwide hype; consumers collected the sought after posters and other materials. The Diesel brand itself experienced a quantum leap in the matter of image that evolved to one of the leading Denim brands around the globe. It paved the way for Diesel´s founder Renzo Rosso to become one of the most successful fashion entrepreneurs in the world with a net worth of $3 billion.
Interview with Helmut Newton :
Helmut Newton Interview by Michael Kaplan, Graphis, Sep/Oct 2002. in this Interview with Helmut Newton he comments on the Diesel Campaign "whoever did the Diesel campaign was brilliant!" and refers to the highly successful campaign "Successful Living" that was created for Diesel Italy by Pierre Winther.
Interview with Pierre Winther :
The Car Crash, 1994
House of Love, 1993
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Interview by Tina Hutchence :
Michael and his manager I spoke to about the upcoming project for them. As I said, Micheael liked the Diesel images I did back in `93,
specifically the car crash. He liked that my images felt like images out of a movie and the whole look and feel.
I listened to the music from Elegantly Wasted and it was the title song that inspired me the most.
So I developed a concept for them with a fluorescent green and red car as a trademark for their record artwork.
They appear in most of the images from the shoot. Each member of the band was to play a role in this concept with their own special outfits.
For Michael I had chosen the role of a former jet fighter and he was going to wear the jet fighter suit that I had often been wearing in London.
His character was that of an ex pilot fighter who got a bit “lost in translation”.
The girl that you see in most of the images was casted to take over Michaels role as the front figure.
Michael didn´t want to have the leading role, he wanted to be more in background as one of the band members.
The shooting took place over 12 days in the LA area. It was planned more as a movie production then an ordinary record shoot.
We were almost filming day and night and it seemed like we were all in character – in a sort of collective trance.
We all were a part of it, even me as the director played my role. Michael was really into it.
As I marketing stunt I suggested to have those fluorescent cars driving around key cities, like NYC and Paris on the day of the release of the record.
In London a fluorescent car was hanging over the Thames from a crane. Michael was very enthusiastic about the project and by it all coming together.
He later told me, it was his favourite shoot and it made him so happy.
‘Elegantly Wasted’ shows an excessive lifestyle, crashing sports cars, illuminated driveways, and a lot of fun within the absurd. The pictures were used as cover art and promotion material for de new INXS album. ‘Elegantly Wasted’ was realized for INXS. The shooting took place over 12 days in the LA area. It was planned more as a movie production then an ordinary record shoot. We were almost filming day and night and it seemed like we were all in character – in a sort of collective trance. We all were a part of it, even me as the director played my role. Michael was really into it. As I marketing stunt I suggested to have those fluorescent cars driving around key cities, like NYC and Paris on the day of the release of the record. In London a fluorescent car was hanging over the Thames from a crane. Michael was very enthusiastic about the project and by it all coming together. He later told me, it was his favourite shoot and it made him so happy.
Opel staged the world premiere of the Astra in autumn 2015 with an exceptional marketing campaign: in a stunt video, the new star of the compact class jumps over five vehicles from the premium segment, proving that it is a true ‘quantum leap’ for the brand. Opel Chief Marketing Officer Müller: “The quantum leap video and the entire Astra campaign are part of the Opel brand’s new positioning that we launched with “Umparken im Kopf” and successfully continued with “Neuen OH!”. The films are an expression of our new self-confidence, as we are setting standards in the compact class segment with the Astra.” Opel produced the quantum leap film as a kick-off for the entire Astra campaign with Pierre Winther as well as the agency Scholz & Friends. Pierre Winther was invited to expand the idea around “the jump” and co-responsible for a fresh, new look at Opel.
Collaboration with Scholz & Friends, Opel/GM Motors
“Don’t Imitate, Innovate”
Pierre Winther created the visual world for the “Don’t Imitate, Innovate” campaign and gave It the look and feel wich made it world famous. Sales following Hugo’s debut assured Eurocos that the message hit the right ears. Two months following the launch in Germany, Hugo was the second best-selling brand. In the U.K., sales volume exceeded the first year’s plan in six months. In Holland sales of Hugo Boss fragrances almost doubled, while in Belgium brand sales more than doubled.
Collaboration with Grey Advertising and Procter & Gamble
“Nothing Beats Reality”
Energie Jeans, Thinking of a loved one and calling them a moment before a car crashes into the living room, thus saving their lives as they get up from the couch to answer the phone. Is it just a coincidence? The world is full of true almost unbelievable stories like this. They are found in reports written by doctors, newspapers, insurance reports, police documents and many other reliable sources. The proposed “Nothing Beats Reality” project is to tap into this vast source of true documented stories and select the most breathtaking. Tentatively recreating these exceptional moments in a cinematic art style, with a vivid sense of atmosphere and scenic compositions. The project will explore the universe what’s between reality and the spiritual dimension. We’ll work with themes such as intuition, karma, coincidences, or is there life after death.
“Nothing Beats Reality” was a rebelious campaign that structured the communication around “some of life’s big questions”, that teenagers start to ponder to help construct their identity. The world is full of unbelievable but true stories. These stories were recreated in a stylish cool way, and could be further experienced and shared online with real photos, real police reports and newspaper articles etc. Pierre Winther created this campaign for Energie jeans.
CASE STUDY #1: KARMA
A car mechanic, was hired to fix the brakes of a car. But without finishing the job, he leaves work to meet his brother for drinks and doesn’t return. Later that afternoon, Tu Whatanavi and his gang come by to pick up the car. Afterwards, they take a shortcut through the forest, where they run into the drunk mechanic. The breaks don’t work. Jake was seriously injured in the accident.
CASE STUDY #4: LIFE AFTER DEATH
Leon Huygen was born blind. On July 11th, 1994, he was the victim of a burglary in his own house, where he was shot in the head. He was pronounced dead by the first police officer to arrive at the scene, but the paramedics were able to resuscitate him. Later, officer N.J. Engelwood and his fellow officer A. Liebermann reported that they had seen Mr. Huygen float upwards and hover above his body for a while before disappearing through the ceiling. Talking to the police himself, Mr. Huygens could describe in every detail what had happened in that room. He knew the exact number of people that had been there, knew exactly what they looked like, and even knew what clothes they were wearing, even though he was blind.
CASE STUDY #2: INTUITION
Iceland – a late October night in 1989. Sven Rifkinsson was on his way back home from work. For some reason, he had an unusual urge to call his girlfriend Chaise. He stopped at a gas station at 9:20 pm. Unfortunately, there was no telephone available. As he passed a phone on the roadside at 9:25 pm, he stopped for a second time, but the phone was out of order. Desperate, Sven ran across the street to borrow a family’s telephone. Finally, at 9:30 pm, he made his call. At that exact moment, a drunk 23-year-old driver lost control of his car and crashed into Sven and Chaise’s house, ending his ride in the bedroom where Chaise and her little son had been only seconds before. The driver was killed instantly in the collision, but Chaise and her 2-year-old son were saved by Sven’s phone call.
CASE STUDY #3: COINCIDENCE
On February 5th, 1797, a ship carrying 121 passengers sank off the Irish coast. Only 61 passengers were saved, including a man named Hugh Williams. On February 5th, 1898, a ship carrying 98 passengers sank. Only one person was rescued, and his name was also Hugh Williams. On February 5th, 1997, a ship with 24 passengers sank, and only one person survived. His name? Hugh Williams.
“Tested on animals”
JVC / US, A boom blaster for an extreme lifestyle, a burning person on the street in the middle of the day – many people seek the ultimate experience in life, thus testing their own boundaries and the boundaries of the world. The images show shocking and eye-opening scenarios that catch the viewers’ attention and leave it to them to create an appropriate ending. Fatal consequences only exist in the viewers’ mind. Pierre Winther developed and realized the campaign ‘Trust’ for JVC.
“Pierre Winther @ Dunhill”
Richemont SA, Alfred Dunhill, the luxury men´s wear and accessories brand owned by Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA headed for a relaunch. “We are going back to our roots,” Dunhill´s chief executive Guy Leymarie had told in an interview. “We are being loyal to the brand identity and the foundation of the brand, but the spirit will be in the mood of the times.” This was done in a collaboration with Photographer / artist Pierre Winther who created the 2 first campaigns in the new Relaunch “Pierre Winther@Dunhill”. The artist developed a look which exactly corresponded to the reframing of the brand and within that look, he redefined the gentleman’s style as much more than a stylish garment. A strong attitude and edgy character were demanded to complete the picture. This massive campaign consisting of images and film was introduced to the audience at the grand opening of Dunhill´s new 3,500-square-foot flagship store on Old Bond Street in London in 2003. All the models/ actors were flown in from Los Angeles to this event and to reaper in the same style as on the campaign images and the Dunhill-film also directed by Pierre Winther. After the opening reception on Bond, all the quest was taken by luxury cars of their choice to the after party, where a A-list of celebrities were invited, such as Madonna and Guy Richie, Jude Law, Jade Jagger, Boris Becker and many many more – all to entertained by the Cuba based band ” Buena Vista Social Club” who played live for the guest all night long. In Tokyo, 2003 the film was projected on a giant outdoor screen overlooking Tokyo’s Ginza Crossing to coincide with the opening of Dunhill’s flagship store in Japan. Pierre WInther was the creative director and photographer / director of the campaign (Film and Stills).
Campaign 1/ Pierre Winther@Dunhill: “Holiday on Earth”
Dunhill, the legendary British menswear company, gave Pierre Winther creative and artistic freedom when it came time to re-launch the brand. The resulting campaign takes place in a surreal world unburdened by typical advertising codes. No pouting models, no macho posturing – just a group of real men, cast for the campaign by Winther himself. As these men enjoy their “Holiday on Earth”, the viewer is invited to join the fun, which balances on a thin line between reality and fantasy.
“The Under Water Project”
“Life Less Ordinary”
Wieden+Kennedy UK and Browns Forman US, Finlandia Vodka has partnered with Wieden+Kennedy London to create a new global creative campaign. Wieden+Kennedy London Executive Creative Director Tony Davidson says, ‘I like ideas that are rooted in a truth about the product. We wanted the work to remain Finnish, quirky and focused on nature; it’s called Finland-ia af ter all.’ To help build the Finlandia world, the campaign capitalises on the photographic genius of Pierre Winther. Known for his unique and influential work in numerous fashion campaigns, including Diesel, Levi’s and Hugo Boss, Winther ’s shots have an inherent cinematic and slightly twisted quality, which help shape the alternative, premium brand look. He played an intrinsic role in crafting the brand world as well as shooting the images.
Role: Creator, director and photographer.
FINLANDIA VODKA AND WIEDEN+KENNEDY LAUNCH NEW GLOBAL CREATIVE CAMPAIGN ‘TO THE LIFE LESS ORDINARY’
Louisville, Ky (April 2013) Finlandia Vodka has partnered with Wieden+Kennedy London to create a new global creative campaign. To develop a real departure in look, feel and focus from previous Finlandia campaigns, the campaign capitalizes on the photographic genius of Pierre Winther. Known for his unique and influential work in numerous fashion campaigns, including Diesel, Levi’s and Hugo Boss, Winther ’s shots have an inherent cinematic and slightly twisted quality, which help shape the alternative, premium brand look. He played an intrinsic role in crafting the brand world as well as shooting the images/ directing a film.
Nike and Wieden+Kennedy, developed the concept of movement, risk and energy as the actual premise of the project “the Heist”, that was realized for Nike. Danger, speed and real live action directed on the spot by Pierre Winther, starring two top sportsmen from Nike’s payroll; Maurice Green, one of the ‘World’s Fastest Humans’, running on top of the train and Dirk Kolowski, one of the best basketball players in the world, hanging from a chopper in the air. Nothing added, nothing omitted. The concepts of movement, danger, and energy, are the actual premises of Winther’s method and central to the way he works, together with his stance against digital manipulation. The campaign was shot in L.A. a collaboration with Alvaro Sotomayor, creative Director at Wieden & Kennedy
Role: Creator, director and photographer.