Strike a pose – Mario Testino’s “In Your Face”

Lucia Lamberti - 04 May 2015

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You may think portraying the genetically-blessed is pretty easy for a photographer. Well, think again.

Jennifer Lopez, while stating “Testino me out” in a photo shooting session with Mario Testino, was fully aware of the fact that the famous photographer would have been able to lighten her body in a unique way, capturing the Beauty beyond the image. 


Jennifer Lopez - Los Angeles, 2004


The Peruvian-born photographer is known worldwide for his portraits of famous faces – members of the British Royal Family and models such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer among  the most popular portraits – and, as the British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman declared, “his work makes you look better than you could imagine not in your wildest dreams, but at the remotest end of possibility." 

A collection of unique images chosen by Testino from the span of his 30-year career is now exhibited at the Staatliche Museen in Berlin. “Mario Testino: In Your Face” presents the full range of his photographic work in 125 images in which feelings of elegance, irreverence and contradiction are evoked.


In Your Face


"In Your Face, for me, represents the most free way of expression", says Testino. " I believe we are made of many different aspects and not always we are allowed to let all of them show and live next to each other. However, in this exhibition a particular hanging style for these photographic works allows all of these different aspects of my curiosity to have a conversation; they do not only exist on their own but trigger a reaction when being next to each other."


Kate Moss - London, 2006


Expression and Freedom are the milestones of the fashion photographer’s artworks. When interviewed on the occasion of the exhibition “In Your Face” at the Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts  in 2012, Testino declared: “Museums see things in my work that the fashion world doesn’t. The fashion world is simply about embracing how you show the clothes and how you make the girls look. But within that space, we are allowed a lot of Freedom, and, as you progress, you are given more space to express yourself freely. The more Freedom you’re allowed, the more interesting it becomes to the Art world. You don’t see just the girl in the dress, but subtleties that filter through the images. A song, an environment. And this opens the interest to the Art world.”



Mario Testino. In Your Face

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Kulturforum 

Berlin, 20 January 2015  - 26 July 2015

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