Fashion Influential #61: Mario Testino
Photographer Mario Testino is seen at the skating rink in Red Square on February 13, 2008 in Moscow, Russia. Russian model Natalia Vodianova was meeting orphans which her charity The Naked Heart will help by building playgrounds in deprived areas of Russia. Testino later photographed the Model for Vogue. Vodianova is hosting two days of events culminating in tommorow's 'Love Ball' in aid of her Charity. (Getty Images)more pics »Beginnings.
Mario Testino was born in Peru, and he attended five different universities before deciding to pursue a career in photography. He was interested in fashion but didn't have the talent for drawing or design, so taking pictures allowed him to unite his ambitions and, as his father encouraged him to do, find a career that he truly enjoyed. He moved to London when he was 22 and started selling photo portfolios to aspiring models for 25 pounds a piece, including hair and makeup.
He quickly found his own style with photography, and work offers started flooding in from top fashion magazines around the world. It wasn't until 1997, when he famously photographed Princess Diana for the cover of Vogue, that Testino became an icon in the fashion industry. Since then, he has taken photos of some of the top names in the fashion and celebrity world, such as Kate Moss, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie, and has been commissioned by style mammoths including Burberry and Versace. He continues to work for Princes William andHarry.
Me, I like people. I realized a long time ago that a part of my life is my work and it's the biggest part of my life. So unless I enjoy this person that I am photographing, my life can be pretty boring if I treat them just like a blank canvas. I often try to bring out the girl. I am making them more important than the lighting, the concept, the idea. - Mario Testino
Legacy. It's hard to look through a contemporary magazine that isn't littered with Testino's work, be it for ad campaigns or for feature spreads of celebrities. His work has become iconic, to the point that it has changed the face of celebrity and fashion photography, coming back to Testino's focus on the individual instead of the mechanical aspects. He has published collections of his photos, in Any Objections?, Portraits, and Diana: Princess of Wales.
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I am sorry guys-there are A LOT of pictures but this magnificent artist has so many amazing pictures that I can't decide which ti post and which not!!! :-) just google his name and you will understand what am i talking about! photo session white Princess Diana is deserving own,special post!!!
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