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Mario Testino (born 1954) is a London-based fashion photographer.

Mario Testino was born in Lima, Peru to an upper middle class family which consisted of his Italian Peruvian father and an Irish Peruvian mother. He was a pupil at the Colegio Santa Maria in Lima. He subsequently studied economics at the Universidad del Pacifico, law at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and international relations at the University of San Diego, California (U.S.).

In 1976, Testino moved to London, England, (taking a flat within an abandoned hospital near Trafalgar Square), where he trained in photography. His career in fashion had humble beginnings selling portfolios to wannabe models for £25.00 including hair and make-up.

Today, he is highly successful and internationally famous for his bold and imaginative ad campaigns and fashion imagery.

He has remained based in London, but travels much to undertake fashion shoots for magazines like Vogue, V, and Vanity Fair. He has photographed many well-known celebrities and models. These include:

On August 29, 2007, Peruvian photographer Mario Testino annnounced that on November 20, he will auction a signed photo of Princess Diana for the benefit of Peru earthquake (in London by Phillips de Pury & Co). The photo shows Diana wearing a black dress which appeared in a 1997 Vanity Fair issue.

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