Mario Testino is regarded as one of the greatest fashion and magazine photographers of all time.
Born in 1954 in Lima, Peru, Testino moved to London in 1976 to pursue a career in photography. Living in a flat in an abandoned hospital near Trafalgar Square, Testino worked as a waiter to finance his career. He built his portfolio by photographing his female co-workers and made connections in the fashion industry by forming a friendship with future French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. Today, Testino is one the worlds most celebrated fashion photographers, with his work regularly featuring in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. His exquisitely styled portraits have captured celebrities and models such as Madonna, Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Moss Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts and, most notably, Diana, Princess of Wales.
As well as his work for fashion magazines and brands, Testino has produced collections of limited edition prints, numerous books including Kids, Kate Moss, and Alive; and had many successful exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world.
In 2003, he published Portraits to accompany his landmark exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery.