I’m very proud to announce that Easyart is exclusively stocking a range of Mario Testino art prints from his exhibition which opened on 8 July 2011 at the Fondazione Memmo based in the Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome. ‘Todo o Nada’ when translated from Testino’s native Spanish means ‘All or Nothing’ and encapsulates the specialist art forms that have made him so globally celebrated: fashion photography and nudes.
Mario Testino was born in Lima, Peru in 1954. He arrived in London in 1976 to study photography, and has resided in England permanently since 1982. His CV boasts an array of international clients, ranging from the British label Burberry, Japanese makeup brand Shiseido and Italy’s Versace (whose baroque 80s prints are currently enjoying a renaissance since being worn by fiesty pop starlets such as Jessie J and Lady Gaga in the ‘Edge of Glory’ video).
Testino is also known for producing celebrity portraits of revelatory intimacy, ranging from the engagement photographs of Prince William and Kate Middleton to this portrait of Kirsten Dunst, who being no stranger to fashion shoots as a previous face of Miu Miu, has a strangely alluring presence here with her vampish lips and the shadows cast by dramatic lighting.
However, the photographer is still primarily known for his fashion photographs, bowling us over with his striking compositions. As well as photos of the iconic and recently married Kate Moss, the collection of portraits from the Rome showcase also feature glamorous photos of less familiar names such as Dutch model Doutzen Kroes, where attention is drawn to the artifice involved in the creation of fashion images, as she grips her false eyelashes with her fingertips, poised to peel them away. Mario Testino’s nudes include Natalia Vodianova, seen below as a silver screen heroine rocking nothing but a fabulous diamond bracelet, whilst also showing the lasting power of black and white photography.
The travelling exhibition, which kicked off at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, continues in Rome until 23 November 2011 and here’s hoping that Mario’s photos are displayed in London (fingers crossed also for the Alexander McQueen ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibition currently being exhibited in New York).
I’ll leave you to enjoy my personal favourite from this collection of photos, that of Sienna Miller for a US Vogue shoot from September 2007, where her exquisite Marchesa dress is contrasted against pristine white classical statuary, with drama added by her drop shouldered pose. Sienna appeared in the September 2007 issue of US Vogue which was made famous by being the subject of the classic fashion documentary ‘The September Issue’ and also being the biggest issue of the magazine ever, in terms of advertising pages.