Fondazione Memmo, Rome
8th July – 23rd November 2011
Palazzo Ruspoli, Via del Corso, 418, Rome
+39 06 91 65 08 451

This exhibition brings together 54 photographs that reveal the two opposing concepts to be found in Mario Testino’s work, fashion and the nude. These concepts are present both in his better known activities as a fashion photogra¬pher, as well as in his more personal creations, including a number of unpublished photographs specially taken for this collection of work. All combine analogue photography with the latest digital technology.

For Mario Testino, the essence of the exhibition lies in contemplating the process and implica¬tions involved in the act of removing one’s clothes to become naked: “a voyage from haute cou¬ture to nudity, including the intermediary process that implies baring the form.” In this sense, the exhibition includes photographs in which the model wears extravagant dresses, enveloped in a setting specifically created for the shot and characterized by a deliberate desire for theatrical¬ity, as well as others in which she is seen unclothed.

The exhibition also examines the relationship between the photographer and his female models; from the glamour of top models, either nude or wearing haute couture and on occasions photo¬graphed with a touch of irony and a sense of humour, to the beauty of friends and anonymous individuals. Todo o Nada is a tribute to “Testino’s woman”, an iconic image of woman that he has defined and redefined over the course of his career, a woman who moves at totally oppos¬ing poles: “I like strong, independent women. Women who, despite their strength, never lose their femininity and who do not use their beauty as a tool. Women with personality who can reflect their own desires and ours.”