Mario Testino may be known for photographing the world's biggest stars in sexy snaps, but he turned his lens to something more personal for his latest exhibition. Returning to his home country of Peru multiple times over five years, he captured natives of Cusco in traditional and festive dress from the region. He adds his own twist on the tradition of ethnographic photography, saying in a release, "With this series, I wanted to do something very different — not just with my own work, but also with the practice of photography. I tried to fit as much time and history into each frame as possible — from the traditional and festive clothing to the Chambi backdrops to the Peruvian people in them. Alta Moda is quite different from the portraits I am perhaps best known for." See a few selected images from the beautiful exhibit below, and visit it at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute in NYC if you can between now and March 29, 2014.
Male costume for the Carnaval de Ccatcca. District of Ccatcca, province of Quispicanchi
Cusco, Peru 2010
Mestiza women's traditional dress. Province of Paruro
Cusco, Peru 2012
Costumes for the Carnival of Ccatcca. District of Ccatcca, province of Quispicanchi
Cusco, Peru 2007