"I wanted the world to see her kindness, her humility" Mario Testino on photographing the late Princess Diana in 1997 for Vanity Fair.
This commission work not only launched his career into international acclaim, but also initiated a long-standing relationship between him and the Royal Family. Testino has been regularly employed by the British royal family ever since and photographed various royal figures as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton's official engagement photographs.
Mario Testino was born in Lima in 1954 and after attending the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and the University of San Diego he moved to London to study Photography in 1976. His work first appeared in Vogue in 1983 and he has since shot countless covers for the magazine all over the world. In 2002, The National Portrait Gallery in London staged the landmark exhibition “Portraits” by Mario Testino that to date remains its second most successful exhibit. Over the next four years the exhibition went on tour to Milan, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Boston. Peruvian photographer Mario Testino is also known for his portraits of some of the most famous celebrity faces in the world - Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Madonna, Gisele Bündchen, Elizabeth Hurley and more. Having also shot campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, he is in very high demand. Testino has been recognised numerous times for his charitable contributions. He is a Save the Children ambassador and, in July 2012, launched a not-for-profit cultural organisation in Lima. The organisation, Mate, promotes and showcases the work of Peruvian artists. In his interview to Vogue, Testino commented "I wanted to give back to my country and I figure the best way that I can do this is by giving back through culture"