Diana, Princess of Wales

1 portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales, by Mario Testino, 1997 - NPG P1015 - © Mario Testino

© Mario Testino

Diana, Princess of Wales

by Mario Testino
Durst and Lambda bromide print, 1997
16 in. x 20 1/4 in. (408 mm x 515 mm)
Purchased, 2003
Primary Collection
NPG P1015

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  • Mario Testino (1954-), Photographer. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 she became a global celebrity. Diana quickly encompassed both fame and celebrity: glamorous star, tabloid sensation and patron of many charities. The camera couldn't get enough of her. She became a national institution knowing
how to work the press just as much as they could work her. This image by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair shows a relaxed and independent woman emerging from a difficult period. However, the images from this photo shoot soon acquired a tragic poignancy, being the last official photographs to be taken of Diana before her death in a car accident in 1997. By that time, Diana had surpassed celebrity and fame; she was somebody who seemed to be Britain itself - like a modern Britannia.

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  • Kinmonth, Patrick, Mario Testino: Portraits, 2002 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 1 February to 4 June 2002), p. 118/119

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