Arriving the post yesterday was my long awaited copy of Mario Testino’s epic homage to the city of Lima. Testino explains the motivation behind the book “I searched for years for a book about Lima because I wanted to show people that Peru is not only about the Andes and llamas. For me, the magic of Lima is in its mix, and I wanted to find a book that reflects its amazing diversity. One of the great pleasures of returning to Lima as an adult has been discovering contemporary Peruvian artists, whose work shares common themes to do with exploring national consciousness. I decided to incorporate their work in a book along side images that represent the Lima that I know today, as well as the Lima that resides in my memory—from growing up there in the ‘70s. I am particularly thankful to all the artists whose work appears in this book because not only did I discover many things through them, but I also realized that my sense of aesthetics is part of a collective one; one rooted in my city. I hope this book serves to help people discover how fabulous Lima is.”
Testino definitely captures the essense of Lima in this book.
Double page spread from Lima book
One of fashion’s most sought–after (and highest-paid) photographers, Mario Testino moved to London from Peru in 1976 and made his name in British, American, French and Italian Vogue and Vanity Fair.
His photos ooze, glamour, colour, latin heat and carnal delights.
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There are many experiences to be found in Peru for even the most seasoned and cynical amongst us, food poisoning being undoubtedly my most visceral and recurrent.
While Machu Pichu steals all the column inches in every tourists guide-book there is to be found lurking in certain markets and Inca temples a treat of the animal kingdom rarely praised or recognised for its brilliance….the Peruvian hairless dog!
Your intrepid reporters initial encounter with this fascinating gem of the canine world happened by chance on a tour of Lima’s downtown animal market. There was I, ignoring scents and sights of dubious origins, gazing into cages, tanks and all manner of containers, when there before me, paws to the glass, was a vision of evolution at its finest.
Devoid of hair other than a gingerish protuberance on the skull and another dash on the tail, the Peruvian hairless dog, cuts a striking figure. Older animals have their skin tanned in the thrashing sun to a wonderful dark hue.
The temperament of the older animals can appear to be a tad aggressive – expect enthusiastic barking, howling and occasional showing of teeth when you approach but fear not this is merely a preamble to an imminent warm reception. Once tamed this breed shows itself to be a companion of exceptional intelligence – perhaps key to its longevity – depictions of the hairless dog date back to 750 AD.
As always the addition of a harness, some intensive training and a cigar of your choice is strongly recommended if one was to consider ownership of such a fine animal.