Mario Testino and Malcolm Rogers
Mario and me.
Thank you Smita Jacob/Hogger & Co for the picture.
On Tuesday, October 23, I went to the press preview of an exhibition by the photographer Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Entitled "In Your Face" it is his first show in the USA and includes some of his work from the past thirty years. There are 125 pictures which immortalize models, singers, and members of the British royal family.
After Mario was introduced to the press, he posed between pictures of his two favorite photo subjects - Gisele Bundchen and Madonna. When asked about Gisele he commented that as a model she is perfect from head to toe and she lights up a room as soon as the enters. Also, she is one of the most energetic people he has ever met.
The event included a one hour Q&A with Mario conducted by the MFA director Malcolm Rogers. Later the journalists and other attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions.
I had two questions.
HM - You are a famous and well recognized photographer. Do you still get butterflies in your stomach when you do new work?
MT - Of course. People respect me as a famous and experienced photographer. However, when I wake up in the morning I don't have this feeling. I feel that I am only Mario and as a photographer I need to do my work as best I can. I am the same as other people because I get nervous and anxious.
HM - You said that you liked Brazil. I am Brazilian and I'd like to know what you like best about Brazil.
MT - Since you are Brazilian we can talk in Portuguese (speaking in Portuguese to me and laughing he says I am sorry everyone and then continues.) I like the Brazilian people and their attitude towards life. I think Brazilians know how to live their lives to the fullest. They know how to take advantage of the possibilities life has given them and they know how to party. They are wonderful people. I love the country of Brazil and it is one on my favorite places to go to relax.
The exihibition is now open to the general public:
In Your Face
October 21, 2012 - February 3, 2013
British Royal Portraits
October 21, 2012 - June 16, 2013