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Born in Peru in 1954, Mario Testino is one of the most pro­lific mag­a­zine and fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phers in the world. He has shot su­per­stars like Clau­dia Schif­fer and Kate Moss for Vogue, and was the cre­ator of the iconic Van­ity Fair pic­tures of Princess Diana, taken a few months be­fore her death. He has since built a close re­la­tion­ship with the Bri­tish Royal Fam­ily, and re­cently took the of­fi­cial por­traits of Prince Wil­liam and his wife Kate. For the first time in Europe, the Kun­st­bib­lio­thek (Matthäikirch­platz) will present his work in the ex­hi­bi­tion Mario Testino: In Your Face, show­ing 125 of his images and plac­ing par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on its provoca­tive contrasts. Jux­ta­pos­ing for­mal por­traits with pri­vate snapshots, nudes with fash­ion, and black-and-white with full-blown color, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores and cel­e­brates the in­no­va­tion and di­ver­sity of this true artist. Un­til 26 July. www. smb.mu­seum

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