Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Review: 'Mario Testino: SIR' by Mario Testino

Peruvian photographer Mario Testino not only presents his excellent photography in exhibitions in galleries and museums (National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And others) but he also is a fashion photographer for such prestigious clients as Vanity Fair, American, British, French Vogue, Burberry, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

Mario’s flair for his very personal brand of photography is explained in his words – ‘“The way men are seen in photography, in fashion, and the way that men look at pictures of themselves has changed in recent years. It is a subject that has come into focus: The masculine image, a man’s personal style, changing attitudes to the male face and body.”

And so he treats us to a series of photographs that represent the gradual change in male identity through the past thirty-some years, and never has it been so apparent as to the public’s perception of the ‘male image’ as it has evolved as Mario documents here. Through his estimable images of such luminaries as Josh Hartnett, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law, Colin Firth, David Beckham, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards to name but a few he allows his imagination and documentation to challenge and entertain our perception of maleness.

The images are entertaining, very well captured technically, and perhaps even more important make a statement about male sexuality that is valid and daring and timely. Grady Harp, March 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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