I think that they do. I think that as a photographer I also have an obligation of documentary. I respect photographers like Martin Chambi in Peru, August Sander in Germany, Cecil Beaton in England because they really documented their lives; we learn from them. I think that we have the responsibility of teaching what we have learned. I see my godchildren and I’m amazed at how differently they are prepared from how we were prepared for life. I don’t know if it maybe has something to do with the `openness” of the world, or…
Mario Eduardo Testino Silva, a Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer. His work has featured internationally in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair and GQ.
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I see myself as many things. A fashion photographer, a portrait photographer, a businessman, a museum founder, an agency founder, a creative director, a philanthropist. I think people today have to fill many roles to survive I am more interested in the person than the clothes.
To me it is very interesting to delve into a culture and immerse myself in it to try and understand the things that work in that country. I recently worked with Katrina [Kaif], and my team did the hair, make-up and styling in our specific way. Then I went out with her in the evening and thought these are two different women—how she styled herself and how we perceived her. I want to see how the public will react to our pictures of Katrina. Will they be able to relate, will they like what we did—you know what I mean? I am not trying to change your culture; I am trying to get what you can give me and bring what I can give you.