Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Photographer

A longtime favourite photographer of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he imbues his imagery with movement and a sense of exuberance.

Peru Creative Class 2013 BoF 500 2013 2014 BoF 500 2014

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A longtime favourite photographer of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he imbues his imagery with movement and a sense of exuberance.

Mario Testino's live mosaic

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Vital statistics

  • United Kingdom Creative Class
  • 30 October 1954 Born
  • Peru Nationality
  • United Kingdom Location
  • Universidad del Pacifico
    Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
    University of San Diego
    Education

Biography

One of fashion's most sought-after photographers, Mario Testino was born in 1954 in Lima, Peru. He arrived in London in 1976, taking a flat in an abandoned hospital near Trafalgar Square. He began his career selling portfolios for £25 including hair and make-up, to aspiring models. Today Testino’s day rate is believed to exceed $250,000.

Along with his editorial work, which is regularly featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair, the photographer is often called upon to shoot advertising campaigns for many of fashion’s most important brands including Burberry, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace.

In 2002, The National Portrait Gallery in London held a hugely popular exhibition of Testino's work, entitled ‘Portraits by Mario Testino’ and displaying portraits by the prolific photographer of famous subjects ranging from Kate Moss to Mick Jagger. The exhibition travelled to Milan, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Mexico City and Lima.

In 2010, Testino was invited by the renowned Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid to exhibit his work, one of the few living artists to have done so. In 2012 he was invited by the prestigious Museum of Fine Art in Boston, USA, to exhibit in a new show which opened in October 2012; his first museum show in the United States of America.

As a portrait photographer he has captured some of the world’s most captivating individuals, often at intimate stages of their lives. For example, it was Testino who shot Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement photo. The photographer has also shot Diana, Princess of Wales, and was asked by Kate Moss to photograph her wedding.

Testino has published 12 books of his photography, including ‘MaRio de Janeiro Testino’, a tribute to the city and its people that have inspired him so much. His most recent books are ‘Private View’ and ‘In Your Face’, to accompany the exhibitions of the same name.

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