I was always forced to blush and look away from a discussion about fashion photographers. I knew the names, saw them everywhere, but wasn’t quite able to make the difference or tell which was what.
By starting out this mini-series, I’m hoping to get things brighten up, at least a little bit so when it comes to fashion photographers, we won’t have to change the subject ever again. Or at least about some of them…I hope you’ll find this useful, I’m counting on you to tell me if I’m hoping right.
Today we’re dealing with Mario Testino. A Peruvian born photographer, he was first set out to study economics, law and international relations but he moved on to London to begin photography training.
It’s in London that he began shooting stars, literally (he’s been behind the camera for many celebrities – from Madonna, Sienna Miller, Angelina Jolie to Prince William or Queen Rania of Jordan). His work touched some of the best known fashion and beauty houses (from Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino to Shiseido or Gucci) and was exhibited all over the world (from Tokyo to New York).
Mario Testino’s work granted him the title of Doctor Emeritus of the University of Arts London, and in 2005 received a Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award.
“A balloon flying into the sky is equal to freedom. It can fly anywhere and everywhere with no concerns.” – Mario Testino
Seems that the people love being photographed by Mario Testino – that’s the reason for his subjects relaxation in the pictures he takes. As a result, his work seems almost unreal, kinda like the time stopped for a photo-moment.
(via artpartner and mariotestino.us)