From Rio to London, from Cusco to Seville, Mario Testino is known for his free-spirited chronicles of dress and behavior. In SIR, the influential photographer presents more than 300 photographs in his quest to define the allure of men.
Featuring many previously unpublished works from Testino's thousands of archives, this book outlines the evolution of male identity over the past three decades. Costume, tradition, gender play, portraiture, photojournalism and fashion collide as Testino observes masculinity in all its modern manifestations: through the dandy and the gentleman, the macho and the fey, the world-famous face to the unknown passerby.
"The way men are seen in photography, in fashion and the way men look at pictures of themselves has changed in recent years. It is a subject that has come into focus: The male image, a man's personal style, changing attitudes toward the male face and body."
- Mario Testino
Each photograph represents a unique point of view and a new visual connection between photographer and viewer. With Josh Hartnett for VMAN (2005), Testino evokes Helmut Berger's fall into the abyss of Luchino Visconti's The Damned. Studies of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law and Colin Firth are as candid as they are curious. David Beckham, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are featured for their courage in redefining male identity. Through a kaleidoscope of guises, these portraits define a period when the changing role, style and appearance of men never escaped Testino's eye and unerring intuition.
Title: Mario Testino: SIR
Size: 156 x 217 mm
Size: 512 pages
Weight: 1.4 kilograms