Mario Testino: Portraits
The Mario Testino: Portraits exhibition is being held at The National Portrait Gallery, London.
The exhibition runs from 01 February - 04 June 2002.
Madonna, Guy and Lourdes attended the opening night on 29 January 2002. Below is a photograph of them with Mario Testino.
Here is what the catalogue has to say about Madonna:
Madonna was the first major star to specify Testino as her photographer of choice.
These were to be the first fashion photographs of his to cross the frontier into portraiture of an established icon.
Here are some photographs taken inside the Mario Testino: Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Photographs © Clare Parmenter 2002
Here is the floorplan - notice that Madonna shares a room with Diana, Princess of Wales.
The book which accompanies the exhibition features this introduction from Mario Testino to the section devoted to Madonna:
In 1995 Gianni Versace asked Madonna to appear in a series of portraits wearing his winter couture collection. Madonna was the first major star to specify Testino as her photographer of choice and this was to be the first set of his fashion photographs to cross the frontier into portraiture of an established icon.
Known as an artist who constantly re-invents herself the Madonna commission proved to be a new kind of challenge. 'I could not just walk in and tell her what I wanted to do. She had always controlled her own image. But I thought that if she had asked for me she wanted my way of seeing her. This gave me the confidence to convince her that she should appear very naturally. I had got to the point in my work where I could only really like a photograph of someone if I could feel that the image had an intense reality; that you actually sense the real life of the person.
The first time I met Madonna I was struck by how beautiful she was in herself, not relying on the theatricality of her stage persona. It has been the longest collaboration that I have had with an artist of her standing. I was told that it would change my life to photograph Madonna. I did not realise to what extent'.
Versace headlined the pictures. Versace presents Madonna by Testino. Until that point Testino's work had only been recognised within the fashion world. The Madonna pictures changed that overnight.