Anders Hansson July 19, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Spain.
Young Bullfighters, Spain
Anders Hansson (b.1979, Sweden) began working as a full time photographer in 1998 after studying sociology and languages in addition to working as a journalist during the nineties. Since 2000 he has been covering social issues around the world. From the Congo and Benin in Africa to Svalbard in the Arctic north – always with the common man in focus. His work has been published in most of the major Scandinavian newspapers and magazines including Politiken(DK), Berlingske(DK), Aftenposten(NO), Suomen Kuvalehti(FI), Hufvudstadsbladet(FI), DN(SE), SVD(SE), Aftonbladet(SE), Ordfront(SE), ETC(SE), Focus(SE) among others. Anders is a member of Kontinent, a photography agency based in Stockholm.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph is part of a story about young bullfighters in Spain. Antonio Molina, 17 years old, in his white ‘Traje de Luces’, is seen here getting ready to enter and take on the first of two bulls at the Plaza de Torres in northern Madrid. ‘The fear is a natural part of bullfighting’, says Antonio. Even though I have a critical view bullfighting, I can’t help being fascinated by the young boys dreaming of a future as a celebrated Torero. I was following a few boys 13 to 16 years old during a Fiesta on the outskirts of Madrid. It was often bloody and cruel, but the pride and courage of these boys still fascinates me. Antonio was one of the most talented “Novilleros” at the bullfighting school in Madrid.”