Mario Testino selects his finest male portraiture from the past 30 years. As costume, gender play, photojournalism, and fashion collide, this Eden of male allure is testimony both to Testino's unfailing eye for immediacy and elegance, and to the evolution of male self-expression over the past three decades.
"The way men are seen in photography, in fashion, and the way that men look at pictures of themselves has changed in recent years. It is a subject that has come into focus: The masculine image, a man's personal style, changing attitudes to the male face and body."
From Rio to London, Cusco to Seville, Mario Testino is renowned for his free-spirited chronicles of dress and demeanor. In SIR, his largest book to-date, the influential photographer presents over 300 photographs in his search to define the allure of men.
Featuring an essay by Pierre Borhan, an interview with Patrick Kinmonth, and many previously unpublished works from Testino's archive of thousands, this book traces the evolution of male identity over the past three decades.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.
Every photograph represents a unique point of view, and a new visual connection between photographer and sitter. With Josh Hartnett for VMAN (2005), Testino evokes the fall of Helmut Berger in 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 feature for the courage they have taken in redefining male identity. Through a kaleidoscope of guises, these portraits define a period in which men's changing role, style and appearance has never escaped Testino's eye and impeccable intuition.
Mario Testino was born in Lima, Peru, and came of age as a photographer in London in the late 1970s. He has been widely published in "Vogue, Vanity Fair" and other magazines. His photographs of Princess Diana have been shown at Kensington Palace in London, and he has also received commissions to photograph the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry. His most recent major exhibition, "Portraits, " opened at the National Gallery in London in 2002 and toured for the next two years, stopping in cities including Milan, Amsterdam and Tokyo.
"...a sensual and alluring chronicle of modern masculinity." "More than just celebrating the male body, this book looks at the shifting ways men present themselves and are, in turn, represented." "An exploration of the evolution of male beauty and glamour over the last three decades-but most importantly, the jawlines and washboard abs, a lot of drooling!" "...SIR is the work of a fashion photographer with an insight into what clothing, the lack thereof, and the fashion industry at large demonstrate about the state of masculinity at any given time. Best of all, it knows not to attempt to tell the story of evolving masculinity from beginning to end - just chronicling the moment a lot of change began. The Swiss bound, Japanese-cloth-clad volumes come packaged in a metallic slipcase ready for their readers' enjoyment." "Beautifully done. It's a beast of a book." "...an extraodinary breadth of work, which may be suprising to those who know Testino only for his fabulously glossy documentation of high fashion and high society. It is as comprehensive a compilation as it is beautiful. This is masculinity in all its permutations."
"Trust us when we say you won't want to put this one down...."