All the Testino’s Men

Whether he is out capturing Kate Moss parting the night away or capturing the beauty of his native Peru, Mario Testino is documenting beauty in all its glory throughout his 35-plus years career. Cataloguing the male of the species has, until now, never been celebrated they way it should but that has changed with Testino’s 13th book.

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“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” he commented on Sir, his biggest to-date portfolio that looks solely at his portraiture of men.

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The influential photographer presents over 300 photographs in his search to define the allure of men. Featuring an essay by Pierre Borhan, an interview with the editor of the volume, creative polymath, Patrick Kinmonth, and many previously unpublished works from Testino’s archive of thousands, the book traces the evolution of male identity over the past three decades.

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Through the dandy and the gentleman, the macho and the fey, the world-famous face to the unknown passerby, Testino observes masculinity in all its modern manifestations. In this publication where costume, tradition, gender play, portraiture, photojournalism, and fashion collide, every photograph represents a unique point of view, and a new visual connection between photographer and sitter.

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With Josh Hartnett for VMAN (2005), Testino evokes the fall of Helmut Berger in the abyss of Luchino Visconti’s The Damned. Studies of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law and C are as candid as they are curious. David Beckham, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards feature for the courage they have taken in redefining male identity. At last, the male beauty is acknowledged in Mario Testino’s free-spirited kaleidoscopic volume.

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