Mario Testino

Fashion Photographer


Vogue UK editorial_2006

Young London



Kate in Blue Cafe_artificialgallery.co.uk

Italian Vogue_2002

Vogue editorial_2006_flickr.com

Salma Hayek_Campari Calendar 2007_Hotel Campari

Jessica Alba_Campari Calendar 2009

Club Campari

V47 cover_models.com

Mario Testino_Moscow_Feb.08_daylife.com

Now considered an iconic figure in fashion photography, his pictures have produced some of the defining images of an era, and have adorned the walls of art galleries.

CNN: Describe the conflict to do with commercial versus artistic fashion photography.
Testino: I like to believe that I'm not just a photographer. I quite like the idea of commerce and art mixed together, in the sense that our job as fashion photographers -- whether you like it or not -- can be done very commercially or very artistically. Our job is to make people want to buy clothes. That's what we do, and however much it is fascinating to have our pictures hanging on walls afterwards and selling as fine art prints, I think that our initial job is to sell clothes and magazines and whatever we're told to sell.

I like to believe that I do make a difference because my productions are expensive. I hire the best team of hair and make-up artists, the best team of set designers, the best stylists, the best models and when a company is spending all that money you want to make sure they're making a profit because otherwise you are redundant.

For a while I was criticized for it. Some people believe that as photographers we should be more artists than focus on commerce, but for me I chose fashion photography because I didn't choose to be a fine artist because I didn't want to be alone in a studio. I prefer seeing my work in a magazine and I like making a difference in how people see something. CNN Interview

Mario Testino is also credited with bringing to an end the reign of the ubermodel. Rather than pay the fees demanded by Linda, Naomi et al, in the early Nineties Testino championed a new breed of model - including Kate Moss ("my favourite"), and Stella Tennant.
Vogue Bio

Mario Testino - official site
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