From high-gloss nudes to slick-skinned supermodels, highlights from Mario Testino’s three-decade career are brought together in Extremes, a new solo exhibition at Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris. After arriving in London in the 1970s, the photographer waited tables and sold portfolios to aspiring models for £25 while learning the tricks of the trade. Following breakout commissions in international Vogues, he was soon shooting campaigns for Burberry, Miu Miu and Gucci, but he has recently expanded his body of work with a tribute to traditional Peruvian costumes, Alta Moda, which translates as “high fashion” in Spanish. Extremes presents this five-year project for the first time in Europe, as well as showcasing his close-knit relationship with the celebrity world (he has shot royalty as well as Hollywood favorites). “His sense of fashion has transformed many of his portraits into icons,” notes the opening statement of the exhibition catalog. “Anyone whom he photographs embodies the spirit of the moment.”
Extremes is at Yvon Lambert from June 6 through July 24, 2014.