June 30, 2017
Mario Testino, awarded with the French Legion of Honour
The Peruvian photographer was awarded for his professional and philantropic merits
Some days ago, photographer Mario Testino was awarded with the French Legion of Honour. The French Ambassador in Peru, Fabrice Mauriès, gave him this honorary decoration that France awards to personalities for their professional merits.
France is a beloved country for Testino, having developed great part of his career there working in publications such as Glamour or Vogue. Testino explains to Vogue Mexico that he found his style there, working with Carine Rotfield. It’s not the first time that Testino receives such an award: in 2007 he was given the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service from the Peruvian government and in 2014 he was awarded The Order of the British Empire.
Testino began his work as a photographer in the 1970s, but his work first appeared in Vogue in 1983. Nowadays he is considered one of the most important fashion photographers in the world, standing out for his photographic language that draws inspiration from his Latin American roots. Testino also makes an important philanthropic work and in 2012 he founded in Lima the MATE - Museo Mario Testino, an institution that seeks to promote culture in Peru.