Mario was born in Naples, Italy in 1971. At the age of ten he moved with his family to NYC. While growing up in a creative family environment with his father an artist and his mother working in the fashion industry, Mario, in his teens, started documenting his life through photography, always believing in his images and standing strong against compromising his work.
Mario's photographs came to the attention of several leading creative directors, which eventually led to Calvin Klein commissioning him to work on their advertising campaign for their collection and Obsession fragrance. This is where it really began for Mario at the age of 21.
Mario lives in New York and shoots for publications such as, French, British and Italian Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Visionaire, Arena Homme Plus and W Magazine.
While continuing to do campaigns for Calvin Klein over the years, Mario Sorrenti has also worked with leading fashion houses such as Missoni, Ungaro, Jil Sander, Loewe, Cesare Paciotti, Atsuro Tayama and Nicole Farhi. Mario's beauty and fragrance clients have included Yves Saint Laurent, Shiseido, Sephora, Ungaro and Calvin Klein.
In addition to his efforts as a photographer, Mario Sorrenti has directed commercials for Calvin Klein's Obsession and Escape fragrances as well as spots for Lancome, Paco Rabanne and Benetton.
Mario has published a book called The Machine, Steidl/Editions Stromboli 2001, a photographic study of his younger brother and fellow photographer Davide who passed away in 1997. Other publications containing Mario's photographs include Kate, Pavilion Books ltd. 1995; Fashion, Scalo 1996; The Imperfect Beauty, V&A Publications 2000; Tomo (In Memory of Davide), Sartoria Communicazione 2001; Archeology of Elegance, Thames & Hudson and Schirmer/Mosel 2002 and Water Culture, Trolley ltd. 2003; Fashioning Fiction: Photography Since 1990, The Museum of Modern Art 2004.
Mario Sorrenti's work has appeared in solo exhibitions at Gallery 213, Paris, October 1997 and Ferrini and Biondi (photographs and Diaries) Los Angeles, November 2002. Other exhibitions where Mario's photographs have been shown include Festival de la Mode, Monaco, 1995; The Imperfect Beauty (The Making of Contemporary Fashion Photographs) at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, September 2000; Attitude, A History of Posing, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, September 2000; Copy, Roth Horowitz, New York City, May 2002; Archeology of Elegance, Paris 2002 and Fashioning Fiction: Photography Since 1990, The Museum of Modern Art, Queens, New York April 14 through June 26, 2004.