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Kate Moss by Mario Testino [Hardcover]

by Mario Testino
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September 1, 2010 3836525038 978-3836525039

Mario Testino’s personal choice of his photographs of Kate Moss

The unseen Kate: the most intimate photos of todays biggest international fashion icon by the fashion world's favorite photographer. Limited to 1,500 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist.
Mario Testino is recognised as the ultimate fashion photographer of his generation but his pictures of Kate Moss transcend fashion. The consequence of  two decades of extraordinary friendship, and phenomenal glamour, this iconic collaboration is an intimate insight into the lives and minds of  two of the world’s definitive style leaders.
Mario says “I met Kate very early on. Shortly after her first Galliano show I went backstage to congratulate her, only to find her crying: she was disappointed that she had only been given one outfit to model in the show. My answer to her was this: “In life there are perfumes and colognes. You need to use lots of cologne as the scent fades away; with a perfume you just use a drop and it lasts all night. You are a perfume, you will go on and on.” Little did I know just how true that would become! And that I had made a friend for life.”
In a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the industry’s most private figures, Kate Moss also gives her insights into her life with the celebrated photographer, expanding on both their professional and personal relationship.
“Mario took me to a new level of glamour. I don’t think anybody had seen me as any kind of sexy model before he did. He was the one that transformed me. Before him I was just a grungy girl, but he saw me differently. He was the first to say “Oh, she’s quite sexy. I’ve seen her out! I know she’s not just that grungy girl.” He’d seen me in a pair of heels, getting glamorous – and he was the first to start taking pictures of me in that way. He changed the way people thought about me as a model, for sure. Later other people started working with me in that way, but he was the first.”
This book catalogues the journey of one of fashion’s most creative collaborations, from early days backstage at the shows, to behind-the-scenes glimpses of the ground-breaking editorials they continue to produce for the world’s most respected magazines. Many photographs have been chosen from Testino’s private archive and are published here for the first time
Kate concludes, “People are really enthralled by Mario, when they meet him he’s so giving and generous with himself, it’s never just about him. He always gives so much of himself - he’ll teach people, he’ll help people, he’s really sensitive to people and who they are. When he walks in a room it’s like a light has been turned on. He has passion and energy and vibrancy and all those things that make a person a superstar really.”
This book is Mario’s personal homage to his greatest muse: a young girl that captured his heart and eye with her beauty, humour and spirit, and whose image in his photographs has captured imaginations the world over. 
Contents include:
• Foreword by Mario Testino
• Exclusive essay by Kate Moss
• Over 100 images in black-and-white and colour, including many unseen private photographs
• Boxed hardback special edition – limited run of 1500 signed copies

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About the Author

About the artist:
Peruvian-born Mario Testino travels extensively shooting for Vanity Fair, American, British, and French Vogue. Other clients include Burberry, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors. His solo exhibitions have shown in galleries worldwide, and his work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and V&A Museum in London, and others.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836525038
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836525039
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 17.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,919,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Kate September 9, 2011
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This book is beautiful. It arrived in a red cellophane wrapper. Not as fancy as the hardcover's red box, but special just the same. The pictures of Kate are beautiful and I loved seeing the shots of Lila. I did feel a bit voyeuristic about these personal photos being included, but Kate had to give her permission. At least they aren't paparazzi shots of Kate picking up her daughter from school. The book itself is huge, measuring about 11.5 in x 15.5 in and very heavy. The paper is thick and textured, so no fingerprints get left behind on the pages. The index shows all the pictures again, and smaller, and includes where and when the photos were taken - very nice. The photos aren't in any chronological order and you can tell the 1995-1997 photos easily, but after that it does get hard to place the timeframe, which is what makes Kate so amazing. If you are a fan of Kate Moss then buy this book. It's full of skin and nipples and Kate-face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kate Moss by Mario Testino (Taschen) April 20, 2011
Photographer Mario Testino has been at the height of the fashion game for quite some time. One of his greatest subject for many years (and one that helped cement his reputation as the go-to guy in fashion) is/was Kate Moss. Testino's work with Moss over the years has created many memorable campaigns for each of them and is the subject of the latest softcover, trade edition of his work, simply titled "Kate Moss by Mario Testino."

Testino has been shooting Moss from the very beginnings of her career and the fifteen years of photography presented here (1996 thru 2010) show the close, familiar and intimate relationship between photographer and subject (in fact, both were involved in selecting the pictures for this book and both offer editorial on the relationship as well.) The photos range from the casual to the iconic and if there is any complaint here, it's that there may be too many shots that are out of focus - some work that way while others are a bit superfluous. But as a career retrospective capturing a decade and a half relationship of photographic trust, "Kate Moss by Mario Testino" holds together as a document of the working relationship between two icons, each in their own respective fields.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Photography December 31, 2011
This beautiful over-sized book is loaded with great color and b/w photos of Kate Moss revealing another side of her personality as caught through the of lens of Testino over several years.
What makes the book special is that it showcases through a series of beautiful photography a special relation between two stars based on trust and respect.
This is a highly recommended book for fans of Kate Moss and photography in general, it makes a great gift as its overall production is of the highest artistic quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Kate Moss fans! April 26, 2011
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This is a great book if you are a fan of Kate Moss! I loved all of the photos, especially the ones behind the scenes which give a rare glimpse into her real life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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To me, Kate moss is not beautiful. But she has her characters shown on photos or on the stage. I won't say the pics here on the book is beautiful, stunning, but would definitely say this book is like a diary to show her past and another side of her. Heard that this is the limited edition, so I'm happy to own one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Kate Moss by Mario Testino review by Edward Olive

There are a lot of photographers who dismiss Mario Testino as mere fashion photography.

Don't listen to them.

You can like him more or you can like him less but he is just so important and actually very good indeed you just need to own all his books in order to have a rounded contemporary photography education.

I personally prefer Nigel Parry's dark brooding portraits.
I prefer Jean Loup Sieff in black and white nude study.
I prefer Guy Bourdin in color exotica.
I prefer Richard Avedon's fashion photography.
I prefer Terry O Neill's celebrity photography.
But we are picking hairs.
Mario Testino is great, his books are a must have. Its a no brainer. Buy the book!

This book is big and the photos are full on.

You may know many already but there's enough unseen to make it worthwhile.

Many are snapshots that look like they are from his Contax compact 35mm camera with on camera flash in color and BW, so blown up the grain is like pebble dashing, but Mario knows how to do perfect shots when he cares to and includes some from commercial work and his recent exhibition in Madrid Museo Thyssen gallery. The quick snaps have all his trademark energy and positivity. Kate Moss's photos are fun. Some are sexy, some are cookie.

You may like her more or less but she's just wonderful. Check her first casting reel on YouTube to see how incredible she was from day one.

I myself am a portrait and wedding photographer but take my hat off to Mario he beats me hands down. He is the perhaps the hardest working most productive guy there is. He never stops. His air miles must be like George Clooney's in the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kate's story with great eye November 20, 2012
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With an amateur eye, i believe this book is more about Kate and Mario's history than about great photographs. The comments, the history, the evolution of Kate saw through Testino's eye is simply wonderful, and insider with great eye. I recommend this book if you are interested in fashion, lifestyle, celebrities, and Kate Moss or Mario Testino. I don't recommend this book is you are looking for great photographs, even though some are fabulous.
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