From 2001 the Dutch photographer Barwerd van der Plas has been working in the team around the world famous fashion photographer Mario Testino, known for his publications in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair and for his advertising campaigns for large fashion houses such as Gucci, Chanel and Versace. At the time, Van der Plas stood alongside celebrities such as Kate Moss, Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson, and Emma Watson.
Van der Plas made photographs of these special moments and their setting. These unique photos were soon noticed. Not only by Testino itself, but also by his clients. In addition to the conceived advertising campaigns, the emergence of social media required authenticity and transparency. These “behind the scenes” images have a completely different character than the posed images for clients. Van der Plas made his own images without having to worry about an end result desired by the client.
Van der Plas became Testino’s official Behind-The-Scenes photographer and in the last ten years he has had the opportunity to create a beautiful oeuvre with images that give a rare insight into the production process of Mario Testino. The photos show the top of the fashion and film world in an intimate and honest setting. Van der Plas has an artistic, almost contemplative view of this hyper-commercial world. An approach that yields tender photos that would do very well in photo museums. The photos were brought together for the first time in a book.