In his largest book to date, Mario Testino ventures into a search to define the changing nature of masculine charisma and allure.
The Godfather of fashion photography, Mario Testino, has seen the interpretation of male form and identity change first hand over the last sixty years. Testino himself has had a weighty influence over the way we visually interpret men, being a universal eye we have all viewed iconic photographs through.
Considering this, Testino’s new book, SIR looks deeper into this evolving matter, he says, “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.”
With some previously unseen work spanning the last three decades, the collection contains studies of everyone, from “normal” men to rockstars and actors, an essay by author, Pierre Borhan and an interview with editor, Patrick Kinmonth. Testino takes a close look at the obvious beauties, Hollywood hunks, like Jude Law, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, hoping to unveil something you’ve never seen before but also reacts to the revolutionaries, like David Bowie and Mick Jagger.
Bound in Japanese cloth, the book is limited to 1000 copies, each individually signed by Testino. If, like us, you need to save some pennies before you can buy your own, you can follow Testino on Instagram to temporarily satisfy your hunger.
Mario Testino’s SIR is on sale now from Taschen, limited to 1000 copies and priced at £450.