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Nacho Hernandez June 1, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in New Zealand.
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Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, October 2010

Nacho Hernandez (b. 1968, Spain) is a freelance photographer based in the Philippines. He graduated from the Washington School of Photography and also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Development from Georgetown University. His clients include publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Courrier International and Asian Geographic among others, and institutions such as the World Bank or various NGOs. He has exhibited his work in Europe and the US, including a solo exhibition about the Sahrawi people at the US Congress in Washington DC. He is currently working on a book about the Philippines and on a project about rugby in New Zealand.

About the Photograph:

“This photo is part of my ongoing project on rugby in New Zealand. As a former rugby player, I always wanted to have a close look at the sport in a country where rugby is lived almost as a religion. How can a country of four million people dominate international rugby? Part of the answer is in the photo. It was taken last October at Eden Park, in Auckland, after a game of the local rugby team Auckland Rugby. Eden Park is New Zealand’s biggest sports field and it has hosted rugby games since the early 1900s. It hosted the final of the very first Rugby World Cup in 1987 (won by New Zealand’s All Blacks) and will host the final of the World Cup again, next October. Anything other than a victory by the All Blacks will be a national tragedy. After each game, families and kids are allowed to “invade” the field, hunt for autographs and mingle with their idols, who are happy to oblige. For all these kids who dream of becoming New Zealand’s next rugby heroes, being on the grass on this field is like stepping on hallowed ground. Or like walking in the Garden of Eden.”

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