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.