The 2010 Annual Karsh Lecture took place at the Boston MFA this week with the lovely Mario Testino. He talked about his roots (Peruvian yes, llamas in the living room, no), his earlier years deciding what to do with his life, and his climb up the fashion ladder having settled in London. Mrs Karsh's warm and insightful intro made Mario feel special (being compared to Karsh would make anyone feel even more special than perhaps they already are) and he proceeded to truly entertain a mixed audience with his openness and warmth. The following morning Mrs Karsh invited us to breakfast at the fabulous Taj on Boston Common where I picked the brains of Testino's retoucher Guillaume Dulermo and Mike chatted to Testino about living in London (it's OK if it rains all the time, Mario's only home 90 days a year).
Back row: Jerry Fielder, Karsh curator; Mike Hartley, bigflannel; me; Jason Christian, Karsh fine art liaison; Mario Testino.
Front row: Lois who put on the lecture, MFA; Mrs Karsh; Anne Havinga, Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh Curator of Photographs; Janet Blanchard.
Seated: Emily, Anne Havinga's assistant.
Photograph by Guillaume Dulermo