Peruvian photographer Mario Testino has photographed cultural icons by liaoqinmei


									                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ALWATAN DAILY
  CULTURE                                                                                                                                                                                                  SUNdAY, dECEmbEr 19, 2010

Peruvian photographer
Mario Testino has photographed cultural icons
        MADRID: Photographer mario Testino has contributed                                                                                                                                                          Some of the most attractive women on Earth have posed
    to the fame and international celebrity of figures such as                                                                                                                                                for him, among them demi moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jen-
    madonna, Giselle bundchen, Kate moss, Angelina Jolie,                                                                                                                                                     nifer Anniston and Claudia Schiffer.
    brad Pitt, Cameron diaz and Nicole Kidman.                                                                                                                                                                      Testino has also photographed cultural icons like diana,
        recently he took of the official engagement photos of                                                                                                                                                 Princess of Wales and the “Iron Lady,” former british prime
    britain’s Prince William and Kate middleton, both 28.                                                                                                                                                     minister margaret Thatcher.
        His photographic oeuvre has achieved such recognition                                                                                                                                                       He believes that “beauty in itself is of little interest. I
    that the Peruvian artist is now exhibiting his work during                                                                                                                                                try to bring out the beauty that comes from inside, which is
    2010 at the Thyssen bornemisza museum in madrid, one of                                                                                                                                                   what makes the difference between one model and another.
    the world’s great art museums.                                                                                                                                                                            I hope that that can always be seen in my work.
        Testino is known mostly for his work in fashion photog-                                                                                                                                                     Perhaps this is the element that distinguishes Testino
    raphy, an area sometimes considered superficial, a descrip-                                                                                                                                               from other great fashion photographers such as richard
    tion he rejects.                                                                                                                                                                                          Avedon or Helmut Newton, since he does not treat models
        “It upsets me that fashion photography has for years                                                                                                                                                  like empty canvasses, and tries to draw them into his own
    been considered superfluous,” he said while on a trip to                                                                                                                                                  life.
    madrid.                                                                                                                                                                                                         “The image itself does not satisfy my daily needs. rath-
        He explained that he began collecting contemporary art                                                                                                                                                er it is the person with whom I am who determines whether
    years ago and observed just how many artists have taken                                                                                                                                                   my life is interesting,” he said.
    ideas from his own work and that of other photographers.                                                                                                                                                        In this regard, Testino said that one of the people who
        That made him realize, Testino said, that fashion pho-                                                                                                                                                has most surprised him is british model Kate moss.
    tography is perhaps the purest form of collaborative artistic                                                                                                                                                   This year the Peruvian photographer published a book
    imagery.                                                                                                                                                                                                  of her photographs that was a hit in the world of fashion
        “It is taken to a level, where the person’s creativity can                                                                                                                                            photography.
    be seen, and not only that of the photographer, also the de-                                                                                                                                                    “She really is one of the persons who have influenced
    signer, the hair stylist, the make-up artist. It is a collective                                                                                                                                          me the most. Not only because of her beauty, but because
    work,” he said.                                                                                                                                                                                           of her attitude to life, her energy, her curiosity, her humor,”
        “Fashion has also been considered something superflu-                                                                                                                                                 Testino said.
    ous, but in the end it is a person’s essential form of expres-                                                                                                                                                  “She has something that is incredible, because we live
    sion.                                                                                                                                                                                                     in a world in which there are thousands and thousands of
        “Each one of us can define himself or herself within a                                                                                                                                                models, but most cannot reach that point where few girls go.
    society by the way in which he or she dresses, and in my                                                                                                                                                  I would say that she is a leader in that sense, in the individu-
    opinion there is nothing superfluous in that. On the con-                                                                                                                                                 ality of the person.”
    trary, it is something very profound in each of us.”                                                                                                                                                            Testino also gave his opinion about touch-ups, whether
        The first time Testino exhibited his work in a museum, at                                                                                                                                             in photography or plastic surgery. He sees nothing wrong in
    the National Gallery in London, he presented his portraits.        FILE - Sienna Miller posing for Peruvian photographer Mario Testino in a Vogue magazine shoot in Rome, Italy. The                      modifying an image afterwards to improve it.
        For the madrid show, called “All or Nothing,” he chose         photo was taken on July 6, 2007. (dpa)                                                                                                       Whether airbrushing or photoshopping, touch-ups have
    about 50 works combining fashion photographs and nudes.                                                                                                                                                   “always existed,” he said.
        The 55-year-old artist said that the Thyssen bornemisza            It has allowed him to highlight other aspects of his work.     plicity. These are things that I am interested in in my own               “The problem lies not with the artist but rather in how
    exhibition (set to run until January 9, 2011) was the “best        “I am interested in high fashion because of its elegance, its      life,” he said.                                                     the modification is perceived by the person viewing the im-
    gift” he could receive to celebrate 30 years of a career in        precision, its fantasy, because it is a world out of reach; just        born in Lima, Testino began working in photography in          age. Touch-ups allow us that extra touch which allows us to
    photography.                                                       as I am interested in nudes because of their truth and sim-        the 1980s by mere chance.                                           dream,” he said. -dpa

                                                                                                                                New art exhibition Historic Provo, Utah tabernacle hit by fire
        From finance to fiction                                                                                                 pokes fun at           PROVO, Utah: An early morning
                                                                                                                                                   fire on Friday has gutted the historic
                                                                                                                                                                                            register of Historic Places. The light red
                                                                                                                                                                                            brick construction coupled with a unique
        in India and Pakistan
                                                                                                                                                   Provo Tabernacle, leaving city officials gabled roof made the building a favorite
                                                                                                                                                   to wonder if the landmark structure can  for locals and a must-see visit for tour-

                                                                                                                                communist past     be saved once the blaze is put out.
                                                                                                                                                       Fire crews responded to the build-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ists. It featured wood benches hewn by
                                                                                                                                                                                            settlers and hand-crafted stained glass
                                                                                                                                                                                 ing around 2:30 a.m. and by 6 a.m. the          windows throughout, as well as winding
             NEW DELHI: Finance and fiction seem like an               Financial journalist maha Khan Phillips made                 SOFIA: Young bulgarian artists are           main roof section of the historic build-        staircases, balconies and a spacious ceil-
        unlikely mix, but a number of Indian and Pakistani        her debut with “beautiful from This Angle,” a satire          staging an event in Sofia this weekend           ing collapsed. Flames and heavy smoke           ing with crisscrossing heavy timbered
        novelists are finding their stints as finance profes-     set against the backdrop of honor killings in Paki-           which pokes fun at a communist past              billowed from the red stone structure,          beams. The tabernacle has been used
        sionals may have helped ward off writer’s block.          stan, and thinks many novelist wannabes may be                they are too young to remember.                  which was still burning as of mid-morn-         for graduation programs, concerts and
             While there is no direct link between mastering      lurking in media offices.                                         The four-day extravaganza of art             ing.                                            other special events. It was scheduled
        the markets and writing novels, a career in finance            “Financial journalism is cluttered with frustrat-        installations, performances and exhibi-              The tabernacle was built in the             for Christmas events this week accord-
        does seem to have had its merits for former Wall          ed fiction writers,” says Phillips.                           tions is being staged in a rundown com-          1880’s and is listed on the National            ing to city officials. -reuters
        Street banker Anish Trivedi.                                   “In fact, every boss I have ever had, every edi-         munist-era building in downtown Sofia
             “I think once you’ve had to convince people          tor I have ever worked with, has had a novel tucked           under the title “Living SOC”, referring
        to part with their money by giving them a cogent,
        compelling argument in as few words as possible,
                                                                       Publishers aren’t wary of novelists with a fi-
                                                                                                                                to the youth term for socialism. It fea-
                                                                                                                                tures, among others, a portrait of Lenin         Ghosts of the Cold War haunt east German hotel
        you learn to get your point across pretty rapidly on      nance background. And there may be some posi-                 with a punk ‘mohican’ hair-cut, bleed-
        a page,” says Trivedi.                                    tives for writers with a financial bent.                      ing from a bullet-hole in the side of his             FRANKFURT: The berlin Wall came                 “back in the day, there was no way
             Trivedi, who lives in mumbai, gave up a seven-            “I enjoy having conversations with them (pub-            head.                                            tumbling down two decades ago, but you          you could come even close to the prem-
        figure salary to pursue his writing dream. In “Call       lishers) about the workings of the business - the op-             Other works include a life-size card-        can still revel in the rural holiday splendor   ises, particularly when Erich (Honecker)
        me dan” he took a light-hearted look at arranged          erating mechanics, the numbers and the account-               board cutout of Joseph Stalin and papier         enjoyed by the man whose iron rule of           was here,” said monika Hilbig, 52, a local
        marriages and one-night stands in 21st-century In-        ing,” says mandanna.                                          mache masks of China’s mao Zedong                East Germany crumbled with the collapse         who works at the hotel, adding that the
        dia.                                                           but even after getting published, it’s often too         and Cuba’s Fidel Castro.                         of communist power. Just an hour’s drive        area used to be guarded by military.
             Some novelists who move from other careers to        soon for writers to trade in finance for literary aspi-           “The idea is to have fun,” says Ne-          north of berlin deep in the woods of east-           The large main building, decorated
        writing success mine their experiences for fiction.       rations. Not everyone can be Chetan bhagat.                   delcho Hazarbasanov of the Living                ern Germany, visitors will find a unique        with deer heads on the outside and sur-
        John Grisham has done this with law and robin                  bhagat, arguably India’s most read novelist, quit        museum collective. many of the young             blend of communist and feudal spirits alive     rounded by broad leafy trees, suggests the
        Cook, an ex-doctor, with medicine.                        his investment banking career in 2009 to devote               artists were only just born when commu-          at the holiday retreat formerly reserved for    flair of baronial hunting culture, but the
             Yet the financiers-turned-novelists from the         his entire time to writing. His first three bestsellers       nism collapsed in 1989 and they insist           German democratic republic leader Er-           inside gives a much different impression,
        Indian subcontinent chose to set their characters         were written juggling his day job and the novelist’s          their art is not political. It’s “anti-politi-   ich Honecker. built more than 160 years         featuring the 1960s-style interior.
        in worlds far removed from dollar wars and hedge          urge.                                                         cal. It’s how today’s anti-generation per-       ago, the Jagdschloss Hubertusstock hotel’s           Honecker used the site for his Christ-
        funds.                                                         For Tripathi, the corporate life still “pays the         ceives the political regime of yesterday,”       ( premises were            mas and New Year break, but also received
             Private equity professional Sarita mandanna          bills” and he is happy to continue with both voca-            the Living museum’s manifesto states.            once a deer-hunting preserve for German         notable international guests, including for-
        wrote about star-crossed lovers in the period novel       tions.                                                            “We have no idea of socialism, we            emperors during the 19th century and            mer German chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
        “Tiger Hills” while Pakistan’s H.m. Naqvi, a former            but Naqvi, who lives in Karachi, has left finance        are just its bastard kids.”                      were later owned by the Nazi government              “You can still walk through the rooms
        World bank employee, explored a post-9/11 New             behind.                                                           The organizers said the happening            during the Third reich.                         where he used to sleep and we’re offering
        York in “Home boy.”                                            “It doesn’t matter if one has worked on an oil           offered a light-hearted antidote to the               Guests today can still enjoy the at-       breakfast in his former living premises.”
             Amish Tripathi, who works in the Indian insur-       rig, as a dentist, a hairdresser or a banker,” says           latest political scandal in bulgaria this        mosphere of a secluded luxury getaway                Honecker’s bedroom is virtually un-
        ance industry, found his calling with “The Immor-         Naqvi. “Writing fiction, a novel in particular, is dif-       week, when it was revealed that nearly           surrounded by an enduring 1960s decor           touched, featuring thick swamp-green
        tals of meluha,” historical fiction set in 1900 bC.       ficult business.” -reuters                                    half of bulgaria’s top diplomats in capi-        in which Honecker played host to Soviet         carpets, bauhaus-like furniture and green-
                                                                                                                                tals across the world worked as spies            leader Leonid brezhnev and haggled with         patterned glazed ornamental tiles on the
                                                                                                                                during the communist era. -AFP                   his West German counterparts.                   bathroom walls. -reuters

Guangzhou modernizes at breakneck pace
        GUANGZHOU, China: The fortune teller casts a critical          ed to push up property prices, with landlords insisting on
    glance at the young woman. He predicts great achievements          extensive renovation work.
    in her life, but also chaos, advances but also setbacks, suc-           The concept of sustainability has been pushed into the
    cess and failure. He strokes the finger on the young woman’s       background by the fast-living image the city wants to pres-
    right hand cautiously. She is about to experience a great          ent of itself. The result has been that some buildings look
    event but is she really ready?                                     renovated but the workmanship is very poor with rainwater
        bystanders eavesdrop in the square in front of the             leaking into many apartments.
    Wong Tai Sin Temple, and they could almost believe he was               “Of course there are many advantages,” she adds.
    not only speaking to the young woman but also the city                  Guangzhou has constructed an express bus system
    of Guangzhou itself. That China is changing at breakneck           with its own transport corridors so those travelling by pub-
    speed is common knowledge, but in Guangzhou things seem            lic transport don’t have to be constantly held up by traffic
    to change even faster than usual. The southern Chinese me-         jams.
    tropolis has dealt with chaos, progress and setbacks, all at            A new underground railway line is now in place and
    the same time. The stress was overwhelming in the run-up to        there are examples of sustainable construction projects,
    hosting the Asian Games in November.                               such as a beautifully renovated former factory complex
        Around 11 million people live in greater Guangzhou.            alongside the Pearl river which is now an arts centre.
    The city has grown constantly over the last 30 years but not            In Tianhe district, the futuristic Pearl river Tower is
    always uniformly.                                                  under construction and when completed next year will be-
        Some areas look like they have sprung up out of the            come one of the most environmentally friendly buildings
    ground overnight, with farm huts replaced by shiny sky-            in the world.
    scrapers that stretch to the skies. meanwhile, other quarters           The building’s energy-saving designs include wind tur-
    are made up of rows and rows of tightly packed old build-          bines and solar collectors, photovoltaic cells, ventilation un-
    ings, which are constantly extended and renovated.                 der the floors, radiant heating and absorption coolers.
        Shamian Island, a one-kilometer-long sandbank island                Nearby can be seen the approximately 610-meter-high
    in the Liwan district, is home to rows of 19th-century brit-       Canton TV Tower, which became operational at the end of
    ish colonial houses which are now constantly renovated by          September in time for the Asian Games.
    Chinese craftsmen. building sites are to be found every-                The skyscraper resembles a stretched hourglass and is
    where while transport chaos, noise and unhappy citizens            one of the tallest free-form towers in the world. It is now at-
    are also a constant.                                               tracting up to 10,000 visitors a day. The 16th Asian Games,
        “The preparations for the Asian Games had a big effect         held November 12 to 27, brought media attention to the
    on the city’s development,” says local journalist ma Xiang         city all over Asia, and that is expected to translate into an      FILE - Guangzhou has ripped down and replaced many of its shabby old buildings, but the flavor of old China has
    Xin, who believes that in many areas the event was exploit-        upsurge in tourist arrivals. -dpa                                  been kept in a few places, such as these magnificently carved and modeled roofs. (dpa)

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