Text by Charlotte Burenius
In Lima, Peru, Mario Testino makes his first foray into the role of photo editor, celebrating his rich and complex home country. Published by Damiani in 2007, the book is a record of Lima as seen through the eyes of its artists, photographers, artisans and photojournalists. “I wanted to capture Lima’s positive chaos,” Testino said. In Lima, Peru, are observations of the city’s natural exhibitionists as well as those who would normally shy away from the camera. Art, parades, religion, sex, football, market life, architecture, interiors, high society, the bourgeoisie, teenagers, soldiers, surfers, priests, bullfighters, brides, hostesses, street sellers, waiters, artists, dancers, musicians and sun-worshippers are all included in Testino’s shimmering, kaleidoscopic view of the city.
About the Artist:
Mario Testino is widely regarded as one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of our times. His photographs have been published internationally in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine and Vanity Fair. He has contributed to the success of leading fashion and beauty houses, creating emblematic images for brands from Gucci, Burberry, Versace and Michael Kors to CHANEL, Estée Lauder and Dolce & Gabbana.
Alongside his 40-year practice as a photographer, Testino has realised a body of work as a creative director, guest editor, museum founder, art collector/collaborator and entrepreneur. In 2007, at the request of his clients to provide full creative direction services, he formed MARIOTESTINO+ which today is a growing team of individuals who support Testino to realise the breadth of his creative output.
About the Publisher:
Damiani was founded in May 2004 as the new publishing branch of the printing company, Grafiche Damiani, in Bologna. Damiani was set up in the 1950s to specialize in art and photography lithographic printing. Damiani’s current list of books cover a large range of subjects, including photography, architecture, design, reportage, pop culture, fashion, collecting and sports.