This isn’t the first time I’ve featured Mario Testino and I’m sure it won’t be the last. As the beginning of this video outlines, Mario and Vogue have a close relationship and he has completed a wealth of shoots for them. What makes this behind-the-scenes video all the more interesting is that firstly it’s for Vogue China and secondly that it’s slightly biographical too.
A lot of behind-the-scenes videos are primarily cuts of the photographer and the model with some upbeat music for all of two minutes. From this, interested photographers can try and derive the lighting setups, the direction and generally read between the lines. With this video on Mario’s Youtube channel, you can see much more than that. It begins with a brief history of Mario and Vogue’s relationship, it then moves on to concepts for the special edition and then we get to see how the shoot was performed. This allows for a much more rounded view of the process. Each shoot is broken down and the thinking behind the images is delineated, making it a very interesting video indeed.