WE’RE USED TO seeing Mario Testino, the Peruvian-born photographer, train his lens on beautiful women and capture their allure like no other image-maker. His pictures of figures such as Princess Diana, Madonna, Angelina Jolie and countless models have come to define modern glamour.
Men, however, have also been the subjects of some of his most memorable shots, both the famous party pictures Testino loves to take at fabulous soirées around the world and the cover stories he shoots for top glossies such as Vanity Fair and Vogue.
His latest photography book, Sir, published by German house Taschen, pays homage to the male figures that Testino has immortalised in his career: from Josh Hartnett splattering lipstick on his mouth and looking like a 21st-century version of a glam-rock legend to a black-and-white portrait of David Bowie in an all-white suit and a candid shot of David Beckham and Orlando Bloom displaying some brotherly love at a party in Milan.
Featuring more than 300 images, including previously unpublished ones, the book charts the evolution of men’s style and beauty over the past three decades. It comes in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies, each signed by Testino, bound in Japanese cloth and encased in a metal slipcase.