Mario Testino has not only created iconic portraits of society’s most well-known figures, but has been a driving force in the creation of the cult of celebrity. Testino acts from a position of being as much a part of the social world he photographs as being its portraitist. Kate Moss continues to be one of Testino’s most frequent and favoured models, in part for her ability to convey something particularly English and for her unaffected beauty. His portrait ‘Kate in Blue Cafe’ (2005) is typical of Testino’s trademark style, being at once both disarmingly nonchalant yet highly posed. This limited edition print was published to coincide with the exhibition ‘Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity’ at Tate Britain. If you managed to get hold of one at the time then you made a sound investment.
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Few were better at idealising the Hollywood glitterati than Herb Ritts. His body of photography produced exclusively in black and white was high production, glamour and aspirational.
Think of Chris Isaak’s – “Wicked Game” music video – which was designed by Ritts and you have his aesthetic in a nutshell.
In the realm of shallow glamour, few were more seductive and accomplished than Ritts.
Marc Quinn’s work exists in the realm of the sensation. From his early work ‘Self’ (directly below) where he cast his head from ten pints of his own blood, Quinn has provoked and simultaneously produced some of the most iconic British art in a range of mediums of the last twenty years.
Quinn’s public profile has been gradually rising – his intentionally controversial work ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ – a massive marble sculpture displayed on Trafalgar Squares fourth plinth certainly captured the popular zeitgeist and received massive attention in the press. This is art made for a wide audience, art that works on many levels. Perhaps thats whats needed in the days of pickled sharks, the bar has to be raised. Quinn certainly continues to step up to the plate. His latest exhibition is currently showing at the White Cube gallery Hoxton Square and is highly worth visiting if you get the chance.
'Sphinx (Fortuna)' 2006
'Iceberg on Lake Tanganyika' 2008
'Alison Lapper Pregnant' 2005
I first became aware of Gary Hume’s paintings at the Saatchi Sensation show of young British artists at the Royal Academy. While Damien Hirst shocked the public with his pickled shark, Hume’s work was much more subtle but no less important.
The White Cube gallery that represents him describes Hume as follows:
Gary Hume is renowned for paintings distinguished by a bright palette, reduced imagery and flat areas of seductive colour. While Hume’s paintings have always emphasised their luscious surfaces and simplified forms, many are infused with a melancholic beauty.
Hume first received critical acclaim with a body of work known as the ‘Door’ paintings. These minimal and abstract works, with their high gloss paint and insistent reflective surfaces, developed in the early 1990s into a broader set of motifs, such as the nude, the portrait, the garden, as well as a pictorial idiom drawn from childhood, with images of polar bears, snowmen, rabbits, owls and close-up faces. His subject matter broadened yet more through the mid 1990s to incorporate images from popular culture, making portraits of celebrity figures such as Tony Blackburn, Kate Moss and Patsy Kensit.
The cleric, 2000
American Tan XXVIII1, 2008
Young Woman, 1998
Funny Girl, 1998
Liberty Grip, 2008
One of fashion’s most sought–after (and highest-paid) photographers, Mario Testino moved to London from Peru in 1976 and made his name in British, American, French and Italian Vogue and Vanity Fair.
His photos ooze, glamour, colour, latin heat and carnal delights.
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German born, London-based fashion and art photographer Juergen Teller shoots the stars, fashion campaigns and the everyday.
Here are just a few of his photos – I hope you like them:
The photographer and son
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