Mario Testino may not be the most well known name to those outside of the art world, but he is doing something very big for children suffering from cancer.
One of the photographs that Testino took of Kate Moss in L.A., back in 1996 is being donated by the photographer to the Masterpiece London auction in a bid to raise money for CLIC Sargent - a charity providing clinical, financial and emotional support to children suffering from cancer.
"This is the image that reminds me the most of my early days of youth, because I used to go to Punta Hermosa, a surfer beach in the south of Lima and everything happened around the surf world"
The photograph was displayed in a Testino exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery in 2002 and has since toured the world from Milan, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Mexico to Lima.
When asked why he was making the donation, Mario responded by saying:
"I have supported CLIC Sargent for more than 10 years and it is a charity I hold very close to my heart. My brother died aged 10 from cancer and the pain caused by it to people around a child suffering is devastating. I am delighted to donate a unique print for the auction tonight in support of this wonderful cause."
The auction will be held on July 3 during the Masterpiece Midsummer Party and tickets cost £150 each. The picture is sure to raise money for the children and this is not the first time that Kate Moss' photo was used for a children's charity. Back in May, Kate donated a semi-topless photo of herself to raise money for the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Hopefully this auction is equally as successful. You can check out the picture that Mario Testino is donating above.
Source: Vogue UK