Mario Testino

Peruvian photographer

Mario Eduardo Testino Silva OBE HonFRPS (born October 30, 1954) is a Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer.

Mario Testino (with Kate Moss), 2007


  • I think if you are curious you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities. People close doors all the time, but I look at some pictures I take today and think they are so much better than pictures I took 10 years ago because I haven't stopped growing, and I don't ever want to stop growing.
  • I've never wanted to call myself any sexuality, because I hate the idea of taking freedom away from you, and I think we all can be everything. I understand that at moments you have to define it, but my sexuality has been so wide and open, and that's what's influenced my way of working. I think it's given me freedom, my sexuality.
  • Social media makes photography available to the world so quickly that immediacy has become more important than quality. Not many people appreciate the quality that comes with experience and most are happy with seeing something now. Consumption makes it all come and go very fast, so there’s no need to elevate things.

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