Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mario Testino: In Your Face

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see fashion photographer Mario Testino's exhibit, In Your Face, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This was Testino's first exhibition in the U.S., as he is originally from Peru and lives in London. Testino's work has been featured in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. He has also photographed many celebrities and models such as, Kate Moss, Gisele BΓΌndchen, Brad Pitt, Tom Brady, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Kristin Stewart, just to name a few.

The photos in the exhibit are absolutely stunning. Aside from the amazing quality, the way the photos are presented make them very striking. The gallery room is dimly lit with teal-colored walls. Each photo has a light behind it so that when you walk in it's like a million beautiful, glowing people staring at you. They are certainly in your face. The light from behind the photos makes the colors vibrant so that each image stands out.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the exhibit:

"Gwyneth Paltrow, Paris, 2005" by Mario Testino
Image From: Rag & Bone

Tom Brady in "The Dog Days Are Over; V Man" by Mario Testino
Image From: Mary McGagh

Image of Kate Moss by Mario Testino
Image From: Museum of Fine Arts

Setting up one of Testino's Madonna portraits at the MFA--Madonna looks so young!
Image From: Museum of Fine Arts

Testino also had some of his Royal Family portraits on another floor of the museum. Including one of Princess Diana from which he became famous. They were absolutely beautiful!

"HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, London 2004"
Image From: Modismonet

"Diana, Princess of Wales, London, 1997"
Image From: Museum of Fine Arts

There were so many of Testino's photos that I loved, but obviously I can't put them all up! The experience was amazing, and I highly suggest checking out the exhibit if you get the chance! It's Definitely worth it.


  1. Absolutely love the Kate Moss picture, it's fantastic!

    1. Isn't it amazing! It's even better at the exhibit with the light behind it--definitely one of my favorites:)


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