Mario Testino grew up in Lima, Peru, and his house in Los Angeles is filled by his cultural background; naïf seventeenth- and eighteenth-century portraits of los arcángeles peering down on roomscapes crowded with colonial silver plates, the huacos artifacts of the Incas, and a jostle of imposing dark Spanish-inspired furniture and sleek mid-century design statements.
The house is great, and he says something really interesting to Vogue on the work of fashion photographers: “The art came at a very interesting time in my career because I needed to be excited by something other than fashion,” says Testino. “It showed me that these artists had a certain freedom—it opened a lot of possibilities in my own work. Fine artists reflect and then they act. Fashion photographers—we act and then we reflect.”