him to set up the philanthropic venture, MATE, his non-profit arts foundation, based in Peru. In a colonial house in its capital, Lima, Testino has launched an exhibition space – the most recent show, a collection of images of the indigenous people of Cusco in Peru, now compiled in his book, Alta Moda. “I wanted to give back to my country and I figure the best way I can do this is through culture,” he says. The photographs are just one part of the project. For an exclusive collection with NET-A-PORTER, Testino's images have also been splashed across kaftans, scarves and tote bags, with jewelry designed by Vicki Beamon.
Maintaining his level of success is something to marvel at. Testino hints as to how he does it when he talks of his “passion for the new, what can I find out, what don't I know”. One of his more recent discoveries is young photographer Sebastian Faena, who Testino entrusted with shooting Joan Smalls for The Edit. How did he find him? “This girl
Daria Werbowy in Marrakesh, 2004, British Vogue © Mario Testinocredits
Photograph: Mario Testino