I have made no secret of this at some of our workshops, but I have never posted it. I think Mario Testino is probably the most over-rated photographer in the industry today. (GASP!) I know that is just my opinion, and he gets great work, but he seems like a guy that really is not that good and has phenominal opportunities and resources so he gets lucky with some shots, but so much of his stuff is nothing special IN MY EYES. He seems like a snapshot shooter with a huge budget to me.
I know I will get ripped for saying that, but what the heck...lol.
There are SO many more talented shooters out there. So many with far more experience, and more importantly consistency. He was a waiter one day then BOOM!....famous shooter the next. Why? Who he knows and what he looks like. These are the realities of the business, and anyone choosing to enter this business should just accept that going in, but at least other shooters SEEM TO ME to have so much more talent. Mario HAS done some great work. He shot beautiful stuff of Natalie Portman for Vogue, but he had very little control of that shoot. He was assigned a very specific theme, and was handed a setting.
Let me just give some visual examples of what I am saying. I KNOW that there are examples of beautiful work by him, but my point is that his body of work as a whole does not seem TO ME to be as good as the other top fashion shooters today. His body of work is certainly far more impressive than mine, but I am just making a personal observation and opinion public. Here are some examples of why I feel the way that I do...
Here is a shot FROM VOGUE that was shot by Mario Testino.
To me...go out with your Kodak Weekender Disposable and shoot the same dang image. If you are him...you get it in Vogue and people call you a genius. That concept is nothing new. The whole "It is good because he is famous" is both obvious and old news and we all need to accept that and move on. I am just raising a point about his talent in general. Just for the sake of discussion I guess.
Here is a shot from Vogue by Henry Clarke
TO ME well....you get my point I am sure. I could give a ton more examples, but I am wasting enough time and few will read this far anyway.[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
I know that it is offical....I am old. To me it feels like beauty in the fashion industry is less valued every day. That probably means that I am out of style. What I think is beautiful is out of style. That is how the new guys always make their way into the industry. It is how I made my way into the industry. Some "old" guy lost his job because what I liked was more "in". lol.
Before anyone goes on the "You are just jealous" tirade about my views of Mario Testino, let me say two things. First, yes I AM jealous of his work. So let's get past that. I am jealous of everyone's work at that level and that is why I strive to be there. Second, my desire to work at that level does not taint my view of his work in particular. There are so many at that level that I am jealous of and also admire their work. I love seeing great work. It inspires. This is just MY observation and opinion of his talent.
One more thing I am jealous of...he gets to hug Cameron Diaz...lol.
Anyway, I know it is uncool to make negative comments about those higher in the ranks. I just thought I would throw out an honest opinion even though it may not be PC.
Hope it does not tick too many of you off. If it does....uh....oops!