Mario Testino biography in Biographies from the artzine on artrepublic.com
Mario Testino is best known for his highly polished, exotically bright ad campaigns and his exquisitely styled photographs all of which carry a deceptive air of nonchalance.
Testino has shot many celebrities including Madonna for Versace and the late Diana, Princess of Wales for her famous Vanity Fair cover in 1997. His work has been featured across the globe in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and V and he has crafted and contributed to the imagery of leading fashion houses such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Estee Launder, Hugo Boss, Miu Miu, Shiseido and Michael Kors, among many others.
His popularity with designers and fashion editors stems as much from his professionalism and good nature as his unerring ability to take beautiful pictures which sell clothes. Testino is also credited with bringing to an end the reign of the ubermodel: rather than pay the exorbitant fees demanded by supermodels, in the early Nineties Testino championed a new breed of more natural model, including Kate Moss and Stella Tennant.
As well as having published seven books of his work and edited one other dedicated to contemporary art and artists from his native Peru, Mario Testino has had many successful exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. In 2002 The National Portrait Gallery in London staged the landmark exhibition “Portraits” by Mario Testino.