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Soap by Mario Testino
Listed in Time magazine as the top fashion and celebrity photographer, Mario Testino spearheaded the image development of several high profile fashion companies including Dolce & Gabanna, Michael Kors, and Tom Ford. In the series of portraits, Testino takes a holsitic approach to capturing the woman behind the fashion.
Soap by Mario Testino.
Mario Testino celebrates the femininity of women in his photographs like no other. He captivates the viewer, puts them under his spell and forces them to immediately enter a world seen from his own very intimate perspective.
Testino creates a world full of realism, surrealism, spontaneous naturalness and satisfaction that is celebrated by his muses such as Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen. He balances the rare art that is his personal aesthetic with that of the personalities that exist within it – uniting models and stars. The result is a hilarious and erotic imagery, as only he is in a position to create. The photographer has now had almost every star in front of his lens, and is a celebrated celeb in his own right.
Mario Testino is one of the world’s most influential photographers. 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.