The chroniclers who abuse the iconic adjective referring not have to do it not for certain artists. Between glamor and controversy, we looked at the works and legends that have surrounded six of the leading photographers of our time.
They spent 18 h of October 25 when Annie Leibovitz arrived at the Campoamor theater in Oviedo to collect the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities 2013. started remembering, without naming, partner, the late writer Susan Sontag, who preceded her in this same theater ten years ago. The day before, with its compact Canon G16, prints anonymous Asturian bagpipers and decked got along and said he would use the occasion to propose you a portrait of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia.
The other big celebrity immortalizing just been rightly recognized is Mario Testino (Lima, 1954).When greeted David Beckham during a wedding in England, in April 2011, he could not help noticing that the player medal proudly wore the official of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. At that time, while William and Catherine married, Testino not know that he was about to join the order.
Queen Elizabeth II has awarded this year for his “contribution to photography and charity” , both capitalized on the official note of Her Gracious Majesty. The announcement was made public in August and finally, a few days ago, the High Commissioner of Peru presented him with the medal.
Mario Testino has a long and warm relationship with Windsor. It started when he was chosen by Diana of Wales for a series of portraits published Vanity Fair in 1997, shortly before his death. Also his engagement photos between William and Catherine, for which session used the same background music Lady Di.
Most of the portraits made to Windsor, including the official Prince Charles, have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. And is that being a photographer Testino began in the capital of the Thames. It came with 22 years, having started studies in economics in their country and with intent to continue them. But fashion is crossed his path.
Still, when he ran out of savings, their beginnings were difficult. He got paid an apartment in an abandoned hospital near Trafalgar Square, putting drinks in a bar first and taking pictures of aspiring models later. For £ 25, including a hair salon and makeup. A striking pink dyed hair in vibrant London punk what became known. His talent and a visit from some publishers Vogue UK the restaurant where he worked, did the rest.
His relationship with ‘fashion bible’, French Vogue, began in 1995. In February of that year signed his first cover and already has 56. In addition, two top owe almost everything are his’ realism luxury ‘as Peruvian style known. This is Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss. The Brazilian, top best paid in the world, rose to the Olympus of fashion because the photographer trusted her and convinced bookers, media and brands of their potential.
Something similiar happened to David Coote – Wedding Photographer Belfast: “Mario took me to a new level of glamor. I think nobody saw me in any way a sexy model before he did. He was the architect of my transformation. Before he came along, I was just a girl grunge aesthetic. He looked at me with different eyes, “says the model. He met Galliano after a fashion, made her cover of Vogue in 1999 and since then, it is common to see them sharing front row. He was their wedding photographer in July 2011.
Two years ago, Taschen published by Mario Testino Kate Moss showing “two decades of extraordinary friendship, and phenomenal glamor.” Peru has published a dozen books.The last, also with Taschen, is the last September: ‘Mario Testino: In your face’. Testino has worked for Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors. His are the official portraits of Nicholas of Greece, William and Maxima of the Netherlands, Haakon and Mette-Marit of Norway and King Abdullah of Jordan.Maybe that’s why the British press calls it ‘the king of real photographers’.
The prolific Testino created earlier this year in Peru inspired capsule collection for net-a-porter.com. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Mario Testino Association (MATE), an institution that promotes art and Peruvian culture and preserves his own work.Returning to his medal, Queen Elizabeth has recognized it professional values and solidarity.
Among the first, is Doctor Emeritus of the University of Arts in London, has the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award , the Tiradentes Medalha Rio de Janeiro, the Order of Merit of Lima and British Walpole Medal of Excellence. In terms of second, in 2008 began operation in the area of AIDS and opened a clinic in Chincha (Peru) with Save The Children, built thanks to the sale of an edition of the portraits he did to Lady Di. Today collaborates with Elton John Aids Foundation, Sargent Cancer Care, Naked Heart Foundation and amfAR.
Richard Avedon (New York, 1923 – San Antonio, Texas, 2004) shares many of the characteristics that define Leibovitz and Testino. It began as a photographer in the merchant navy and says he came to make a hundred thousand portraits of sailors. In the 50s it became fashionable,becoming director of photography for ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, perhaps the best of the decade. Fleeing the typecasting, Avedon became involved in 70 on a personal and professional epic: portraying the other side of the American dream. In ‘In the american west’ from 1979 to 1984, includes the tired faces of anonymous individuals from all social.
Richard Avedon also worked for ‘Vogue’, ‘Life’ and ‘Look’ and it’s ‘The Beatles Portfolio’ and the famous portraits of Marlon Brando shaving, Marilyn Monroe among tired and melancholy, Ingrid Bergman thoughtful, Picasso looking at the sky and Malcolm X. The main feature of focus: the neutral background after a masterful command of black and white. Oh, and no smiles. He also managed to break the hieratic of the Dukes of Windsor in 1957. A portrait of Les said he had just run over a dog. Terry Richardson Across the glamor, but no success, is Terry Richardson (New York, 1965). On the agenda of the ‘smartphone’ there possibly as many relevant phone in Testino. However, his style has nothing to do. Terry Richardson has become personal stamp photograph their VIPs with his glasses features. From Cameron Diaz Angela Lansbury, does so with all.
He is the excess. With a past in which there are drugs and schizophrenia, it came to portraying the agony of his mother, so spoiled, though. Richardson has signed some of the most controversial fashion campaigns, such as Sisley, that could be a model lashing the bare buttocks of a boy. His is the cover of Lady Gaga dressed in Vogue steaks and more sexually explicit Miley Cyrus to date . But beware: not all of them amuses Richardson. He has been accused of being a pig or have said they would not work with him more models Mia Rasmussen, Jamie Peck and Coco Rocha.
In any case, the obvious hooliganism Richardson is not incompatible with the talentand work for Diesel, Gucci, Sisley, Tom Ford, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg,Emporio Armani, Jimmy Choo, YSL and published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar , and V Purple Fashion magazine. His work is collected in seven books, the first is Hysteric Glamour (1998) and last, Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson (2011).
Even if a photographer who seeks controversy as house brand, is the Italian Oliviero Toscani (Milan, 1942). There is no other reason to put before the camera to a priest and a nun as attractive as false giving a kiss, in order to advertise a firm Benetton. Or choose a exmodelo with an amazing anorexia for Nolita. Toscani studied photography in Zurich, has worked for Esprit, Valentino, Chanel and Fiorucci and the photos we could see them in Elle, Vogue, Lei, Donna, GQ and Mademoiselle.
Another great linked to the scandal name is Robert Mapplethorpe (New York, 1946 – Boston, 1989). . His portraits of nudes in black and white made him famous and large doses of explicit sex, reviled It started with a polaroid to portray the most colorful characters of ‘underground’ New Yorker.
That era is his series of singer Patti Smith. In 1978, X Portfolio published with sadomasochistic images, and Y Portfolio, with flowers and still lifes. The first caused no little controversy,including processing the director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, for “obscenity and pornography.” Three years later he published the Z Portfolio, which focuses on muscular black men. It is fair to say that if Mapplethorpe was known for his taste for provocation, reached the summit for its magnificent portraits.