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Mario Testino’s Fashionable Career

It’s hard to believe that the influential fashion and celebrity photographer Mario Testino has never had an exhibition in the United States—until now. Two concurrent exhibits open on Sunday, October 21, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The larger of the two, “Mario Testino: In Your Face,” features 122 black-and-white and color images chosen by Testino, from the many commercial and editorial assignments he’s shot during his 30-year career. These stylishly provocative and supremely elegant photos bring a freshness to his subjects, who are often well-known singers, actors, models and athletes. The 223-page book Mario Testino: In Your Face accompanies the exhibit and includes all 122 photos from the show as well as text by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, among others.

The second exhibition is “Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits.” On view in this smaller show are the portraits Testino has made of various members of the British Royal family throughout the years, and includes the first showing in the U.S. of the engagement portrait for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

For further information, please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org.

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  1. Mr. Testino’s photos are very fine examples of current editorial fashion photography, but there they contain no inherent element that can take them into the “fine art” realm. Many fashion photographers HAVE been able to do this: Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newman, Edward Steichen, to name some of the great ones. Mario Testino’s work is just very good fashion photography. Let’s not pretend is is anything more than that.

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