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Stuart Matthews August 12, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in England.

Football Fans, London 2010

Stuart Matthews (b. 1984, England) graduated from Plymouth University in 2007 after being selected a finalist of the Ilford Student Photographer of the Year. During his final year he traveled to China to document this evolving super power of the 21st century. Stuart covered Kosovo’s independence in 2008 and later that year interned at NOOR Images. Since then, he has made various trips to document the impact of climate change in Bangladesh and the effect that this is having on communities living on the front line. He was funded as part of the Ideas Tap / Magnum Photos Photographic Award 2010 to continue his work there.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph is from a project titled ‘High Hopes and Expectations’. It is a story that I shot in 2010, documenting fans throughout London crowded around TV’s nervously waiting in anticipation to see their country competing in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. This image was taken in an Italian bar in Soho, the atmosphere was quite intense after Paraguay had scored just before half time. Italian fans waited and prayed in hope of an equalizer which came from Daniel De Rossi in the 63rd minute to draw their opening game.”