Venezia, Roma, Napoli, Firenze. This is Italy as we’ve never seen it before. By the sea and on the streets, from Torino to Montepulciano, discover an intimate portrait of the Italy that Mario Testino knows and loves. Gathering personal, previously unpublished photographs, this is an ode to Italy’s people, art, food, and fashion.
In Ciao, Testino handpicks his favorite images of Italy, a country that has featured heavily in his life, from his friendships and breathtaking vistas to quintessentially Italian iconic fashion shoots and Italians’ ever-evolving allure to their effervescent lifestyle. Featuring three sections, IN GIRO (on the road), ALLA MODA (in fashion), and AL MARE (by the sea), the result is a highly personal journey across the country through Testino’s lens that pays homage to Italy, it’s culture and is a chronicle of 40 years of genre-defining photography.
Testino’s intimate connection to Italy found its roots in his Italian heritage, but blossomed when he experienced the country for himself. Discovering Italy was, for Testino, synonymous with discovering his passion for fashion. “Rome was all about the hottest, latest trends and fresh new styling, and I loved the way Italians could shed the latest look for an even newer thing without ever losing their own identity.”
With a four decades career as a leader in the fields of fashion, culture and lifestyle, Peruvian-born Mario Testino OBE has many facets that take him beyond the surface of a photographer and artist placing him as a cultural visionary. Testino’s universe is broad, his impact is uniquely powerful and his lifestyle is completely authentic. Testino’s has seen his works published and exhibited in hundreds of cities around the world. Throughout his career he built unprecedent relationships with editorial and commercial partners such as Vogue, Burberry, and Gucci to name a few. His past and present muses include HRH Princess Diana, Madonna, Donatella Versace, Kendall Jenner and Mariacarla Boscono. His solo exhibitions have shown in museums and galleries worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.