Mario Testino, one of the world's most acclaimed celebrities and fashion photographers, will be presented with the El Museo's lifetime achievement award.
Especially created by the artists of Asprey of London, the sterling silver tray engraved with the 35 signatures of his dearest friends and coleagues, will be held to the photographer by Kate Winslet during the El Museo del Barrio New York gala 2011 to be held on Thursday, May 26, at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York.
The award celebrates Mario Testino's 30-year artistic career, not only as the celebrated photographer but also as the human being who has supported many charitable causes.
Born in Lima, Peru, in the year of 1954, Mario Testino moved to London in 1976 after completing his studies. The he pursued a career in photography that led him to work with some of the most famous fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair, Vogue and V.
Testino has contributed to the portfolios of leading fashion brands and haute couture houses, including Estée Lauder, Lancôme and Versace.
Celebrity subjects have most famously included Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons; actresses such as Emma Watson, Julia Roberts, Kim Basinger; models including Claudia Schiffer, Elizabeth Hurley, Kate Moss; performers Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, among others.
The photographer has published nine books of his work and edited another dedicated to Peruvian art and artists.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.
Chaired by Yaz and Valentín Hernández and Alex González and Raúl Martínez, El Museo del Barrio's 2011 Gala will benefit New York's leading Latino institution El Museo del Barrio (also known as El Barrio).
El Museo is a center of cultural pride on New York’s Museum Mile, holding a permanent collection of over 6,500 objects spanning more than 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art includes pre-Columbian Taíno artifacts, traditional arts, twentieth-century drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations, as well as prints, photography, documentary films, and video.
The museum is also a dynamic artistic, cultural, and community gathering place, with cultural celebrations, and educational programs.