Fashion photography is truly coming into its own as a popular culture player. Greats like George Hoyningen-Huené, Man Ray, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Richard Avedon and Henry Clarke are collected and auctioned alongside works of established fine art masters. So it does not surprise anyone that museums, too, would celebrate fashion photography in style.
Who doesn’t love a little fashion flair, a little fashion escapism from time to time? Beauty and glitz are great bedfellows and if you happen to be in or around Boston, make a point to check out the Boston MFA’s new Mario Testino solo exhibition, “In Your Face”.
For those who may not recall Mario Testino’s name, you’ve known him and his work for many years now. His work is synonymous with high-octane advertising campaigns (can we say Gucci, Christian Dior, Dolce e Gabbana?), celebrity portraits (Madonna, Brad Pitt, everybody celebrity) and fashion editorials (multiple Vogue editions, even Vanity Fair). He’s everywhere!
Unlike many photographers who routinely make a point of extracting the psyche of their subjects, Mr. Testino chooses to embrace humor, beauty, clothes, and sex appeal instead. He embraces the happiness of fashion and turns it into his winning formula.
Fashion and commerce often get a bad wrap for being bedfellows, but that is becoming less of an issue lately. Artists for centuries have always sold their work for profit, so why shouldn’t fashion photographers get a piece of the pie and some recognition when they are at it? Oh, and did we mentioned that along with “In Your Face”, there is a smaller, more intimate exhibit of his “British Royal Portraits”? He was Princess Diana’s favourite photographer after all!
“In Your Face” and “British Royal Portraits,” featuring photographs by Mario Testino,
October 21, 2012 – February 3, 2013 at the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Visit www.mfa.org for details.
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