Widely regarded as one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers, Mario

Testino is responsible for the creation of emblematic images, transmitting emotion and

energy in an open and intimate way, transgressing cultures and gender to document all

people of the world.


Testino's work has been exhibited in museums around the world, including the Helmut

Newton Foundation in Berlin (Undressed, 2017) the Shanghai Art Museum (Private View,

2012) and the National Portrait Gallery in London (Portraits, 2002). Continuing his discerning

vision of the world, Testino’s most recent body of work is an artistic exploration of cultural

identity, part of a wider project to highlight diverse beauty. As he travels the world, Testino

reveals what makes traditional culture in each country special, challenging us to find a more

sustainable balance between growth and preservation of cultural heritage.


More than 17 books of his photography have been published, including MaRIO DE JANEIRO

Testino, Kate Moss by Mario Testino, Alta Moda and Fina Estampa. Alongside his 40-year

practice as a photographer, Testino has realised a body of work as a creative director, guest

editor, art collector, philanthropist and museum founder in Lima. MATE – Museo Mario

Testino was established in 2012 to contribute to his homeland of Peru through the

cultivation and promotion of South American culture and heritage. In recognition of his

charity work, Testino was awarded the Legion of Honour of France in 2017, the Order of the

British Empire in 2013, and the Order of the Sun in the Grand Cross of Peru, in 2014. In

October 2016, Testino opened the first Parques Teresita playpark in association with Natalia

Vodianova and the Naked Heart Foundation, in Cusco, Perú, and the second in January 2019

in Ayacucho, Peru.