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This special boxed edition of the Spring/Summer issue of LOVE magazine features a lovely cover with a couple of familiar lovelies (Kate Moss and Lara Stone) shot by the lovely Mario Testino. The cover shot leads to a 32-page story inside called Mario Testino: 30 Years of Optimism that includes a Q&A with the beloved photographer by Michael Holden. Each book in the 200 edition run is hand-numbered and a quarter of them have been randomly signed by Testino himself.

“Mario shot some of the most iconic images of this century. Last year was a particularly memorable one with Kate Middleton and Prince William’s engagement, Kate Moss’s wedding, Charlotte Casiraghi’s only fashion shoot and Jennifer Lopez looking hot in her first images after splitting with Marc Anthony,” the mag’s Editor-in-Chief, Katie Grand, says. “It was an absolute pleasure to work with him on his first project for LOVE; it’s not every day you walk into the Royal Suite at The Gore Hotel to find Kate Moss and Lara Stone yakking away in the back room.” True.

Testino’s two cents: “For me it was very exciting to do the story for the new issue of LOVE. I especially liked mixing the interview with images I have taken of people at moments of laughter over the years, together with the fashion photographs I took specifically for the issue … To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn’t exist before and couldn’t exist after. It’s almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you’re dead—not them.”

If you’re still standing, Condé Nast Worldwide News and Dover Street Market in London have copies, and more are on their way to Tate Modern and The National Portrait Gallery in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan and colette in Paris.

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