Celebrity Icons by Mario Testino
Mario Testino is one of the world’s most influential photographers and has photographed virtually every leading celebrity in the world. Born in Lima, Peru he moved to London in 1976 to pursue a career in photography. Testino’s ability to understand and interpret the cultural and commercial spirit of his age has made him a much sought-after creative partner in the fashion and beauty industries. He is known for his portraits of international icons including Kate Moss, Diana Princess of Wales, Gisele Bündchen, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Testino has widely published images in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and V Magazine. He has had numerous worldwide exhibitions including the landmark Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2002), which broke attendance records at the time. Testino is one of the few living artists to have been invited to exhibit at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, showing Todo o Nada (2010).
Mario Testino is an inspired philanthropist, driven by what he describes as “all the formative experiences in my life.” He is the President of the board of World Monuments Fund Peru, which is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered ancient and historic sites. Testino has also supported causes such as the Naked Heart Foundation founded by Russian model Natalia Vodianova to create parks for children in underprivileged areas in her native Russia, Elton John Aids Foundation, Aid for Aids, CLIC Sargent Cancer Care, amfAR and Women to Women among others. Mario Testino has received many awards internationally among other recognitions for his achievements, including the Medalha Tiradentes from the state of Rio de Janeiro and his native country’s highest honor in 2010, the Grand Cross Order of Merit, presented to him by the President of Peru. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to photography and charity.