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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Mario Testino's view of Peru
Lima's coastline taken from the Barranco district Mario Testino

Photographer Mario Testino is best known for his portraits of famous faces - notably Princess Diana, Madonna and Robbie Williams.

Less well known are Mr Testino's Peruvian ancestry and his abiding affection for his homeland.

For Newsnight's Inside Latin America week he has contributed two previously unpublished photographs of Peru.

The pictures present contrasting images of the country: the skyline of the bustling capital Lima and the tranquillity and grandeur of the Andes.

Mr Testino, born in Lima, told Newsnight that despite recent rapid development his homeland retains its character.

"It's funny, Peru has changed a lot in some things and it hasn't changed at all in others. When you travel there, tradition seems to be something that hasn't been abandoned.

"The first image is a view of Lima from an area called Barranco - I don't think anybody really imagines that this is part of Peru," says the photographer.

View from Machu Picchu Mario Testino

With a population of more than eight million people Lima is a far cry from the ancient, Andean ruins of Machu Picchu.

"I took [the picture] from Machu Picchu looking down at the river and the mountains - you seem to feel a peace that you don't feel anywhere else. They say that is it one of the seven wonders of the world - and I can understand why."

Mario Testino's provocative portraits of the stars feature in publications and exhibitions around the world. Most recently he caused a stir with his photographs of actress Jennifer Aniston for Vogue magazine.

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