| By Liz Branson
For more than 30 years, Mario Testino has been titillating, enthralling and provoking us with his countless fashion images and celebrity portraits. His work in Vogue, Vanity Fair and many other glossies has chronicled the most famous models, actors and royals of a generation. Until February 3, 2013, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston features many of his most iconic images in two exhibitions: Mario Testino: In Your Face and British Royal Portraits.
Like Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts before him Testino has blurred the lines between fashion photography and art. His contemporaries including Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz and now Ellen Von Unwerth not only document the lives of the world's biggest celebrities, they are celebrities themselves.
'In Your Face' showcases 122 images of supermodels like Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss, performers such as Lady Gaga and Mick Jagger and actors including Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow. This roll call of beautiful 'it' people wouldn't be complete without two of the world's most famous (and photographed) sportsmen - David Beckham and Tom Brady.
Testino has confessed to an obsession with making his subjects look their best and his Vanity Fair portraits of Diana and Madonna, prove he usually fulfills his obsession. He somehow endowed the People's Princess with an even more iconic beauty in his famous black and white portraits. And the Material Girl never looked better than on her windswept 'Ray of Light'...