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CULTURE LENS: NO LIMITS – THE WORK OF MARIO TESTINO

As fashion industry leaders from around the world convened in Copenhagen this week for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the GL Strand museum debuted a new exhibition titled “No Limits” featuring the works of renowned fashion and portrait photographer Mario Testino.

Mario Testino is a giant withing the fashion industry

Mario Testino is recognized as one of the world’s most influential fashion photographers, and his work with the super models and celebrities is widely known.

Mr. Testino is known for pushing boundaries to bring forth energy, sex and optimism in his images while at the same time revealing his subject’s sense of ease and comfort. Works of fashion, formal portraiture and nudes are on display showcasing a body of work that constantly opposes existing limitations of a particular genre and its fixed conventions.

A stunning visual of Cara Delevingne by Mario for Allure's Best of Beauty Issue

A stunning visual of Cara Delevingne by Mario for Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Issue

Musicians- Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones

Musicians- Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones photographed by Mario Testino

Mario Testino captured a sweet candid moment between Prince Charles and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry in 2004 to mark Prince Harry's 20th birthday

Mario Testino captured a sweet candid moment between Prince Charles and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry in 2004 to mark Prince Harry’s 20th birthday

Mr. Testino is widely recognized for his images that have appeared on the pages of major magazines including  Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair, Allure and GQ among others as well as his campaigns for leading fashion and beauty brands such as such as Gucci, Burberry, Versace, Michael Kors, Chanel, Estée Lauder and Lancôme.  He has documented subjects from A-list stars, musicians, supermodels and artists to people has encountered throughout his travels.  But perhaps his most famous work is the series of images of Diana, princess of Wales that was commissioned by Vanity Fair in 1997.

Dinner with friends (left to right) Andrea Dellal, Mario Testino, Naomi Campbell, Countess Debonaire von

Dinner with friends (left to right) Andrea Dellal, Mario Testino, Naomi Campbell, Countess Debonaire von

Model Snejana Onopka is playing Anna Wintour in this great “L'Icone” editorial shot by Mario Testino for Vogue Paris August 2007

Model Snejana Onopka is playing Anna Wintour in this great “L’Icone” editorial shot by Mario Testino for Vogue Paris August 2007

Do a double take..... it's not Marilyn Monroe, or Madonna it's Miley Cyrus!

Do a double take….. it’s not Marilyn Monroe, or Madonna it’s Miley Cyrus!

V Magazines New York Issue Cover Story by Mario Testino September 2010

V Magazines New York Issue Cover Story by Mario Testino September 2010

Kate Moss shot by Mario Testino - one of the images on display in the exhibit

Kate Moss shot by Mario Testino – one of the images on display in the exhibit

V Magazine September 2013

V Magazine September 2013

Rihanna and Kate Moss posed for the risque V magazine shoot by Mario

Rihanna and Kate Moss posed for the risque V magazine shoot by Mario

Rihanna And Kate Moss V Magazine

Rihanna And Kate Moss V Magazine

Gisele Bundchen was a favorite of Mario and they often worked together

Gisele Bundchen was a favorite of Mario and they often worked together

Xiao Wen Ju by Mario Testino (The Winter Queen - Vogue China December 2013)

Xiao Wen Ju by Mario Testino (The Winter Queen – Vogue China December 2013)

AD CAMPAIGN: MICHAEL KORS FALL/WINTER 2015.16 NATASHA POLY BY MARIO TESTINO

AD CAMPAIGN: MICHAEL KORS FALL/WINTER 2015.16 NATASHA POLY BY MARIO TESTINO

Mario Testino will long be remembered for capturing the essence of Princess Dianna in a shoot for Vanity Fair magazine in

Mario Testino will long be remembered for capturing the haunting essence of Princess Dianna in a shoot for Vanity Fair magazine in 1997

LONDON - NOVEMBER 22: Photographer Mario Testino attends the press view for "Diana, Princess Of Wales By Mario Testino" at Kensington Palace on November 22, 2005 in London, England. The exhibition features photographic images by Testino from Diana's last portrait sitting, five months before her death in Paris in 1997. The event opens this evening with a champagne reception and private view.

LONDON – NOVEMBER 22: Photographer Mario Testino attends the press view for “Diana, Princess Of Wales By Mario Testino” at Kensington Palace on November 22, 2005 in London, England. The exhibition features photographic images by Testino from Diana’s last portrait sitting, five months before her death in Paris in 1997. The event opens this evening with a champagne reception and private view.

His famous Vanity Fair portrait of Princess Diana

His famous Vanity Fair portrait of Princess Diana

Princess Diana by Mario Testino

Princess Diana by Mario Testino

More recently he was the official photographer for portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of their engagement in December 2010 (which is featured in the exhibition). And in July 2015, he took the official photographs of the British Royal Family after HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s christening at Sandringham Estate.

Prince WiIlliam and Kate

Prince William and Kate’s official engagement photo shot by Mario Testino

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Dutchess Kate holding 2-month-old Princess Charlotte at her baptism in 2015

Duchess Kate holding 2-month-old Princess Charlotte at her christening in 2015

Prnce George with his father Prince WIlliam on the day of his sister's babtism

Prince George with his father Prince William on the day of his sister’s christening

Among the fashion elite he is widely celebrated for his artistry, his creative vision and his ability to bring out the humanity in his subjects earning him praise and recognition from Suzy Menkes, Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Carine Roitfeld and many others. Testino was nicknamed the “John Singer Sargent of our times” by Terence Pepper, photography curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

A 2015 WSJ feature on Anna Wintour photographed by Mario Testino

A 2015 WSJ feature on Anna Wintour photographed by Mario Testino

Anna Wintour, Mario Testino and Gisele Bundchen

Anna Wintour, Mario Testino and Gisele Bundchen

Mario Testino and Suzy Menkes at the 2011 International Herald Tribune's Luxury Business Conference in Sao Paulo Brazil

Mario Testino and Suzy Menkes at the 2011 International Herald Tribune’s Luxury Business Conference in Sao Paulo Brazil

Tom Ford for Gucci SS2004 campaign shot by Mario Testino

Tom Ford for Gucci Spring/Summer 2004 campaign shot by Mario

The exhibition which will run from May 13 – September 18 has been made possible thanks to Mario Testino with his team MARIOTESTINO+, Crown Prince Frederik’s and Crown Princess Mary’s Fund, Danish Fashion Institute, CIFF – Copenhagen International Fashion Fair and Maersk Line.

A snapshot of Sienna Miller, Rome, American Vogue, 2007 which is featured in the exhibit

A snapshot of Sienna Miller, Rome, American Vogue, 2007 which is featured in the exhibit

Snapshots from fashion photographer Mario Testino of Kate Moss featured in the NO Limits exhibt

Snapshots from fashion photographer Testino of Kate Moss featured in the NO Limits exhibt

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit at the Copenhagen Concert Hall is the fourth edition of the biannual sustainability event. Organized by the Danish Fashion Institute on behalf of the Nordic Fashion Association, it draws around 1,200 fashion industry delegates.