Another massive book (30.9 x 42.5 cm and a mere 2.1 kilos!), from famed Holloywood Photographer Mario Testino, and foreworded by Nicole Kidman, which supposedly brings you in the life of celebrities. The list of those portrayed here would be long but let’s only mention, Demi MooreCameron DiazAngelina JolieBrad PittGeorge Clooney.

Mario Testinos Let me in

Mario Testino's Let me in

comment on the book’s page states “looks more like a last minute pull out from all of his vanity fair and vogue spread from previous few years”. This is not completely untrue, but the comment’s author probably haven’t read the interview at the beginning of the book. This book is telling you how a photographer gets confidence from celebrities, up to point where intimacy becomes key : the photographer knows he will make them look good. And vice-versa.

Further, the pictures featured here are more like a collection of the photographer’s favorites. The title is so because the book is supposed to ‘let you in’ where you cannot get (celebrities’ parties and high profile social gatherings). This is untrue as well. Many pictures in the book are simply posed.

Pick-up someone ready to go intimate with you hidden behind a camera… snap, snap, snap… review…. and there you got it: simple pictures are all but simple to take. Get the book, there is a lot more to learn in there than you may have first thought (along those commentators on

  • Mario Testino was (and still is regularly) also commissioned by royal families in Europe (UK, Denmark, Jordan, etc.)
  • Mario Testino is not Italian. He was born in Peru on the 30th October 1954
  • “Let Me In!” is his 7th book. The most famous remains “Portraits” (with this picture one of my all-time favorite)
  • Selling 1 print of Diana’s portrait allowed the construction of a children clinic in Peru
  • Editor’s page for the book (and option to purchase the limited edition)