Mario Testino Works with MATE to Open Art Gallery
Deep in Peru, Mario Testino opens a not for profit organization that promotes Peruvian Art to a global audience. Testino’s work will be the focus of the gallery on a permanent basis, but it was from the profits of a single portrait sale of Testino’s that funded the launch of the gallery so it is win win.
In the photo above Mario Testino talks shop and laughes with some of the biggest names in the modelling business Karlie Kloss, Lily Donaldson, Constance Jablonski, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart, and Edita Vilkeviciute. They were all present at the pre-opening party of MATE (AKA Mario Testino’s Asociación Mario Testino) while a more formal public opening will be held July 17th.
The foundation had this to say about the celebrated photographer:
Mario Testino is one of the world’s most influential and celebrated photographers. His work is defined by elegance, beauty, style, irreverence and contradiction, and has been featured across the globe in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair.
Testino has had many exhibitions of his work in museums and galleries around around the world. In 2002, The National Portrait Gallery in London staged his landmark exhibition “Portraits”, which remains the museum’s most successful to date. It has since toured to Milan, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Mexico City and Lima, where it was shown at the MALI – Museo de Arte de Lima.
Just as remarkable as his artistic career, his philanthropic efforts have reflected his passion to raise awareness to numerous campaigns and charities. Testino has contributed to a number of charitable causes and organisations including the Elton John Aids Foundation, Aid for Aids, CLIC Sargent Cancer Care, the Naked Heart Foundation, amfAR and Women to Women among others. In 2008, he was honoured for his charity work receiving the Hero Award by the charity Aid for Aids, and he became the first man to receive the Commitment Award from the charity Women Together in conjunction with the United Nations. That same year, he travelled to his native Peru with Save The Children to visit the completed El Salvador Clinic, located in the Pueblo Nuevo District of Chincha. This clinic was built to treat children with Tuberculosis in the area badly affected by the devastating earthquake that hit the coast of Peru in August 2007. The El Salvador clinic was entirely funded from the sale of a single print from Mario Testino’s iconic portraits of the late Princess Diana.
And here people are always saying the fashion is frivolous and self indulgent. It’s wonderful to see the efforts of a remarkable fashion photographer leaving such a positive mark on the world community.