Mario Testino

Mario_Testino wikipedia,buy stock imagesImage Source: WikipediaMario Testino is a fashion photographer of Peruvian origin. With many plaudits to his credit, Testino achieved the pinnacle of his career when he was chosen by Princess Diana to photograph her for Vanity Fair. This was later followed up by him being chosen to photograph Princes William and Harry, and more recently, the engagement and wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Testino has been a regular photographer for the British Royal Family, since. Described as a prolific photographer, Testino’s photography of Gisele Bundchen got her to scale new heights as a supermodel.Testino’s portfolio includes photography and fashion stories for Vogue, V, Gucci and Vanity Fair, and he has worked with a repertoire of celebrity women and actresses such as Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Kim Basinger, Kristen Stewart, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, models such as Adriana Lima, Claudia Schiffer, Isabeli Fontana, Alessandra Ambrósio, Doutzen Kroes, Gisele Bündchen, Elizabeth Hurley, Natalia Vodianova, Kate Moss, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga, and even public figures like Margaret Thatcher. Among the world’s more renowned fashion brands, Testino has photographed for campaigns for Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Estée Lauder, Valentino and Versace. His range of provocative campaigns in the 1990s, for Gucci, along with Tom Ford’s designs really pushed the brand forth and earned it the attention it holds today.Today, Testino’s body of work has made him a celebrated fashion photographer. With seven books to his credit that chronicle his work and one that is dedicated to contemporary art and artists from his own country, Testino’s works have had a tremendous reception world over. In 2002, the National Portrait Gallery in London showed his landmark exhibition, “Portraits”, which is deemed his second most successful exhibit. Spread over four years after that, his exhibition went on tour to Milan, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Mexico and Boston.Testino’s work is not the regular run off the mill fashion photography that we are used to. Without taking away any attention from the personality of the people he was shooting, Testino’s work has largely emphasized the story behind each story. His cutting edge photography defines the story he portrays through a simple yet elegant narrative. The attention to detail in his images, and the play with colour and the features of his models and subjects makes his approach to photography organic and wholesome. His photographs, though brand and campaign specific, do not confine themselves to a shelf-life narrative that most campaign photographs do. His work outlives the campaign and remains an example for photography enthusiasts.

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