Does anyone look more gorgeous, or regal, or sexy, or subversive, or luminous, than when captured by Mario? asked Anna Wintour, editor in chief of the US Vogue Magazin once. We don't think so. The Peruvian photographer Mario Testino is known worldwide for his portraits of some of the most famous faces - from the British Royal Family to Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Madonna. He also shot campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. We made it to his exhibition In Your Face at Kulturforum today and yes – it is amazing. Although we already knew a lot of his work and you have seen most of it before, the show presents the full range of his photographic work – 125 images in impressive huge formats. Testino was involved with the selection and layout of the works, juxtaposing formal portraits with private snapshots, nudes with fashion, and black and white with colour. In Your Face, for me, represents the most free way of expression, says Testino. As an image-maker people always want to put you in a box. I believe we are made of many different aspects and not always are we allowed to let all these different aspects show, let alone to live next to each other as they do in this exhibition. This particular hanging style for these photographic works allows all of these different aspects of my curiosity to have a conversation; they not only exist on their own but trigger a reaction when being next to each other. Bring some time with you, when you go there to enjoy his awesome pictures which will always shine like diamonds of humor, sexyness and loads of human warmth. Thank you, Supermario.
Mario Testino: In Your Face, Kulturforum, Matthäikirchplatz, D-10785 Berlin, until 26 July 2015
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