Friday, 25 August 2017


Image © Martin Parr, ‘Untitled, from the Benidorm series’, 1997

Very soon we'll be able to see the photographic influences which have shaped, informed and inspired iconic lensman Mario Testino’s creative vision.
Dating back to the 1980s when he began collecting photography works, Testino's vast array of images has grown to include over 300 works by artists from 45 different countries, amongst them pieces by Wolfgang Tillmans, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Vanessa Beecroft and Martin Parr.

"I was collecting things that amazed me. Things that weren't like me," he says. "What you like, you know already, so the time that it's going to last in your head is limited. Whilst things that you don't understand, but that attract you and puzzle you and confuse you, those are the things that you need to be looking at, because those are the things that will make you change your point of view. Those are the ways we grow."

The photographs will go on show in London next month at Sotheby's, before being auctioned with all proceeds from the sale going to support the Museo MATE, which Testino set up in Lima in 2013 to promote culture in Peru.

"I'm selling because I have a unique opportunity to change something in the country I come from," he says.

Shake It Up - Works from the Mario Testino Collection exhibition will open on 8 September at Sotheby's New Bond Street ahead of two auctions on 13 and 14 September.


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