Mario Testino was born in Lima. After completing his studies in Peru, he arrived in London in 1976 to pursue a career in photography. Testino is now one of the world's most celebrated photographers. His work has been featured across the globe in magazines from VOGUE to VANITY FAIR and he has crefted and contributed to the campaigns of many leading fashion houses from Burberry and Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana to Versacce
This exhibition brings together fifty-four photographs by Mario Testino which reveal 2 opposing directions in his work: fashion and the nude. These subjects are to be discovered both in his well- known published oeuvre as a fashion photographer as well as in his personal work, and the show includes a number of photographs specially taken for this exhibition and seen here for the firs time.
For Mario Testino, the heart of Todo o Nada lies in contemplating process and implications involved in the act of removing one's clothes and becoming naked. As he says, "The pictures start fully clothed and end naked. But where does fashion photography end and portraiture begin?"
The exhibition also reveals many dimensions of the relationship between the photographer and his model. From the glamour of the most famously beautiful women in the world, nude,or, wearing haute couture often photographed with a touch of irony and provocative sense of humour), to more intimate and spontaneaous moments.
He has defined and redefined his way of seeing a woman over the course of his career. She is a woman who moves between opposite poles:" I like strong, independent women. Woman who, despite their strenght, never lose their personality who can reflect their own desire and ours".
Mario Testino. Todo o Nada from museothyssen on Vimeo.
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