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Mario Testino: Portraits [Hardcover]

Mario Testino , Patrick Kinmouth
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25 Jan 2002
Whomever Mario Testino photographs, however he photographs them, whatever part of them he photographs, they embody the spirit of their moment. His sense of fashion, which has made him the most sought-after contemporary photographer, has transformed many of his portraits into icons. Sexy, famous, beautiful...a Testino portrait is unmistakable. As are his subjects. Testino's portraits constitute an ultra A-list in our obsessively celebrity-conscious age: Diana, Madonna, Naomi, Kate - those whose names have become the hallmarks, almost the logos, of the century turning. Then there are the faces (and bodies) of the unnamed men and women who give form to our constantly evolving sense of the beautiful...the portraits of desire. This book looks at some of his more striking portraits.

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  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications (25 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855143194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855143197
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 37.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peruvian-born Mario Testino travels extensively shooting for Vanity Fair, American, British, and French Vogue. Other clients include Burberry, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors. His solo exhibitions have shown in galleries worldwide, and his work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and V&A Museum in London, and others. He holds the Medalha Tiradentes, the state of Rio de Janeiro's highest award.

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"People love to be photographed by Mario" Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, American Vogue

About the Author

Mario Testino was born in Lima, Peru. His fashion photography appears internationally, from Vogue and Vanity Fair to The Face and V magazine, whilst his advertising campaigns for Gucci, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Ralph Lauren and others have dominated the language of fashion photography worldwide. His previous books include Any Objections and Front Row Back Stage. Patrick Kinmonth is a writer and fashion editor and is renowned as a set and costume designer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Priceless - Testino is a master of subtlety' 12 Feb 2002
By A Customer
On first impression Testino's formula seems simple - take one celebrity, an exotic location and simply point and click. This idea, however, could not be further from the truth. Upon close inspection of any one of the books many images, one realises Testino's devotion to the perfection of his photographic skill.
The subjects, ranging from Hollywood movie stars through to catwalk models, musicians and several members of the Royal Family, are shown in ways often previously unseen. Puff Daddy appears with his finger to his lips - as though he were asking the viewer to conceal the 'naughtiness' implied by the semi-nude female in this same frame. Madonna appears in front of a sofa on 'all fours', Robbie Williams appears cheekily concealing his smile with his sparkly union jack undies.
While often cheeky, none of the images are even mildly offensive. Testino has endeavoured to never give us the same photo or idea twice - backgrounds include cityscapes, riversides, woodland and stately homes. Props heighten the mood in all pictures, figures carry butcher knives, drugs or even, in Julia Roberts' case, a live squirrel!
The artist's knowledge of composition and lighting are impeccable. Often Testino has used body parts to soften the edges of the photo and the various light sources add a touch of magic. Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, seems to meet the viewer in an atmosphere of soft bright light and beautifully merging pastel colours, as if she were walking in a dream.
Combined with insightful text that is a pleasure to read, Mario Testino's passion for his life and the images he draws from it are presented in format that serves not only as a treat for art lovers of all kinds but as an excellent reference for the serious photographer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!! 21 Oct 2004
By A Customer
I have recently been given this book for my birthday and I completely adore it. Mario Testino is a fantastic photographer, every page of this book is filled with colour and imagination. I would strongly advise you to purchase this product it truly is amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars photography 24 Aug 2012
By Sharon
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Bought for my daughter doing photography, excellent book. She used it for her research and we have all enjoyed just reading it
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful pictures 14 Mar 2011
By Clara
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The book has amazing portrait pictures. I could not give it 5 stars has the cover got damaged during transport. I did contact Amazon about it and send pictures but did not get a reply.
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