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Friday, July 20, 2012

Mario Testino in Vogue The Absolute Best Fashion Photographer

Testino has become one of the world's most well known and celebrated fashion photographers. 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 and Michael Kors, among others. 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.

Testino is truly amazing - as with architecture, interiors or landscapes - the subject is only as beautiful as the light shining on it.  Testino controls light in a way that brings out the best of fashion - highlighting color, texture, form and full composition.  One distict skill he truly has is no matter how far or close he is to his subjects he always accentuates the eyes above all else.  This is true even when he washes out a photo.  All his models have an allure as if they are in another universe or alternately as if they are right there in the same room. 

Testino has survived the test of time - bringing his models to another level as if they were as timeless as the Monalisa herself.  The clothes become secondary - yet highly desirable. Unlike the paparazzi photographer, you feel that you know the subject, whether a platinum rockstar, a princess, a super model or an academy award actress you discover the human condition in a altogether new light.  - Ecomanta.