First-Ever China Exhibition By Leading Fashion Photographer
Running through June 27 at Beijing’s Today Art Museum, this week the first-ever China exhibition by top fashion photographer Mario Testino launched in the Chinese capital. Supported by longtime Testino collaborator Burberry and Mercedes-Benz, the “Private View” exhibition includes nearly 100 of Testino’s most well-known photos, and kicked off this week with an opening attended by Testino, Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey and the ubiquitous editor-in-chief of Vogue China, Angelica Cheung. As Testino said this week of his first show in the Middle Kingdom, “I wanted to show my work in China, somewhere I have never exhibited before.”
Added Testino, “I felt the best way of doing this was by selecting the images that mean most to me personally at the moment, hence the name ‘Private View.’ In conceiving this exhibition and having the chance to look back over the years I found it was like understanding a puzzle for me, seeing how the fashion work influenced the celebrity portrait work, which in turn influenced the royal work and so on. I felt the only way of making the exhibition was to show all these different sides of my life together, creating a private view of the world I have been documenting.
“Also, Beijing is an incredible place, full of surprises. You get a real sense of discovery there.”
Best enjoyed by fans of Burberry — shots featuring the brand proliferate at the exhibition, unsurprisingly, considering it’s a sponsor — the exhibition is nonetheless worth a look for anybody with an interest in fashion photography (or Kate Moss).
Mario Testino “Private View” Exhibition
Through June 27 at Today Art Museum
1st and 2nd floor exhibition hall of Building No.2
Building 4, Pingod Community, No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing