Flipping through the fashion spreads of Vogue is an exciting event each month, glossy photos of one beautiful person after another filling the day with an expertly curated selection of designer clothing and strong, shimmering models. While famous faces and couture dresses are the main focus of the photos, what we don’t get to see is the person behind the lens, the one who makes the image a distinct work of art. Taking a look at one photographer’s portfolio helps us to see the kind of person, and artist, he truly is.
The Mario Testino: In Your Face exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston features a collection of the fashion photographer’s greatest works, which have been seen in Vogues all over the world, Vanity Fair, and V Magazine, to name a few. Co-sponsored by Swarovski and Stuart Weitzman, the exhibit shows off his “delightfully provocative” photos of top models, actors and actresses, athletes, and musicians that span his three-decade-long career, bringing the subjects to life with enormous and bright images framed and spotlit on the deep blue walls.
From Kate Moss, Giselle Bündchen, and Naomi Campbell, to Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, to Tom Brady and David Beckham, the world’s most glamorous stars grace this exhibit in oversized images that can be eclectic and eye-opening or pared down to total simplicity. Testino has a remarkable way of bringing out the light in his subjects.
While walking through the halls of In Your Face earlier this month, something other than Testino’s stunning works also caught my eye – the work of American Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. Her style stands out very clearly among the others, with fanciful models posing in front of elaborately decorated backdrops. Never gaudy and overwhelming, Coddington’s work is delightfully whimsical and deserves a nod as well. See if you can pick out which photoshoots she worked on when you visit.
Mario Testino: In Your Face will be showing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, through February 3, 2013.