Mario Eduardo Testino Silva OBE HonFRPS was born on 30 October 1954 and is a Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer.
22 Facts About Mario Testino
Mario Testino's work has featured internationally in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair and GQ.
Mario Testino has created images for brands such as Gucci, Burberry, Versace, Michael Kors, Chanel, Stuart Weitzman, Carolina Herrera and Estee Lauder.
Alongside his practice as a photographer, Testino has worked as a creative director, guest editor, museum founder, art collector and collaborator, and entrepreneur.
Mario Testino was born and grew up in Lima into a well-to-do Roman Catholic family.
Mario Testino was the eldest of six children and is of Spanish, Italian, and Irish descent.
Mario Testino studied economics at La Universidad del Pacifico followed by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and the University of San Diego.
Mario Testino had his hair dyed pink which helped him get noticed as a photographer and took inspiration from British celebrity fashion photographer Cecil Beaton.
Mario Testino has become one of the world's best-known and most celebrated fashion photographers.
Mario Testino has documented subjects from A-list stars, musicians, supermodels and artists as well as subjects he has encountered throughout his travels.
Mario Testino's work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ, LOVE, Allure and VMan.
Suzy Menkes, Vogue's International Editor explains, "Mario Testino's skill is first and foremost to catch the moment and to bring out the humanity in his subjects".
Mario Testino was the official photographer for portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of their engagement in December 2010.
Mario Testino has photographed many other royal families in a similar fashion.
Mario Testino started the 'Towel Series' on his Instagram account in 2013, featuring influential people, including musicians, actors and models wearing only towels.
Mario Testino was nicknamed the "John Singer Sargent of our times" by Terence Pepper, photography curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Mario Testino's work has been exhibited in museums around the world, including the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin the Shanghai Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Mario Testino was presented with an honorary OBE on 14 January 2014 by UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey in recognition of his career and charity work.
Mario Testino has been honoured for his contributions to many non-profit causes and charitable organizations through various awards and recognitions.
Mario Testino helped to raise funds for Natalia Vodianova's Naked Heart Foundation to build a playground in a Moscow children's hospital specializing in cancer.
In July 2013, Mario Testino opened his first non-profit association in Barranco, Lima.
Museo Mario Testino was established to act as a dynamic platform for Peruvian art through the cultivation and promotion of culture and heritage.