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SIR by Mario Testino: Probably the Best Christmas Present in the World…


SEEN hugely admires Mario Testino, the maestro of fashion photography, and when he gets hot, we sweat. SIR is his latest and largest photography book to date, published by Taschen in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies, each signed by Mario Testino, bound in Japanese cloth and delivered in a metal slipcase. It sounds like the perfect gift for Christmas!

Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen

SIR presents over 300 photographs of men from Testino’s archive of thousands, many of which had never been published before. Featuring an essay by its author, Pierre Borhan, and an interview with Patrick Kinmonth, the book’s editor, SIR looks into how the masculine image and a man’s personal style has evolved over the past three decades and defined a period that has never escaped Testino’s inquisitive eye and impeccable intuition.

Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen
Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen
Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen
Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen

“It has been a surprise to see now just how many different kinds of pictures of men I’ve taken over the past thirty years…” said Testino. “Also I think that the way men are seen in photography, in fashion, and the way that men look at pictures of themselves has changed in recent years. It is a subject that has come into focus. The masculine image, a man’s personal style, changing attitudes to the male face and body…”

Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen
Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen
Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen
Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen

Testino’s lens observes men from all sides and in all modern manifestations: through the dandy and the gentleman, the macho and the fey, the world-famous face to the unknown passerby. Through these portraits, Testino defines a period of changes in male roles, style, and appearance. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jude Law, Colin Firth, David Beckham, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are just some of the men included in SIR.

Don’t miss out. The SIR Limited Edition is available to buy right now from the Taschen website.

Mario Testino SIR
Mario Testino, Patrick Kinmonth, Pierre Borhan
Hardcover, Swiss binding, Japanese cloth, in metallic slipcase, 32.2 x 41.7 cm, 468 pages 
ISBN 978-3-8365-5345-2
Edition: English


Photography Mario Testino, courtesy of Taschen.

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