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Captured: The Six Pillars

Mario Testino

Whisky was the choice of drink in my country during the years I was growing up. When I was approached by The Macallan to take part in The Masters of Photography Series I decided to capture the moment when people get together to celebrate, in the atmosphere of a whisky environment – a whisky club! Mario Testino

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Renowned for his mastery of composition and for creating a reflective and intense connection with his subjects, be it celebrities or royalty, Mario Testino has made a lasting impact on the world of photography.

In 2014, he directed his lens towards The Macallan in the fifth chapter of The Masters of Photography.

As one of the world’s most prolific portrait and fashion photographers, Testino brought the foundation stones of The Macallan to life; personified and characterised in Testino’s inimitable and luxurious style.

The setting for the shoot was The China Club in Beijing, in a former palace near the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square.


Testino's vision, inspired by this location, shone through every detail of the setting, casting and atmosphere. By bringing together a group of distinct characters, Testino captured the spirit of the ultimate party. Every character was cast on the basis of their visual qualities, each echoing one of The Macallan’s Six Pillars.

Testino’s signature style, and renowned ability to create an atmosphere, was celebrated in this fifth chapter and the photographs showcase the vibrancy and luxury of The Macallan, infused with subtle eclecticism and cultural allusions.

Mario Testino Image of Woman Who Is Having Her Make Up Done
Mario Testino
Mario Testino

The Whisky

The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition brought together six different casks to showcase the complexity of The Macallan. Each of these six perfect whiskies is the definitive representation of one of The Six Pillars. They each have their own character, flavour and aroma which when brought together create the perfect single malt with unparalleled depth, darkness and diversity.

Each of the 1,000 editions comprised a different Mario Testino print capturing The Six Pillars, an exclusive photo-archival booklet featuring a total of 20 images shot by Testino during the process, one bottle of the single malt whisky and six miniatures from each of the selected six casks.

The Macallan Journey
"I like to take whatever I do to the highest possible level, so I always oversee the entire process. I don't
think you can get the results you want without this attitude."

Mario Testino

The Six Pillars

Character that Runs Deep

From place to process, people and passion, the Six Pillars are the backdrop to The Macallan's unique spirit.

Captured: The People

Elliot Erwitt

Captured: Time

Steven Klein