Spanish photographer Aitor Lara (born 1975) addresses sociocultural values and identity, working in such countries as Africa, India, Uzbekistan and Spain. This issue celebrates his black-and-white portraits of different communities, ranging from indigenous peoples around the world to impoverished neighborhoods in southern Spain.
Published by La Fábrica. Text by Víctor Gómez-Pin.
Ronda Goyesca presents the newest work of Spanish photographer Aitor Lara (born 1974), documenting the astounding Corrida Goyesca--a legendary bullfight that takes place every year in the Andalusian city of Ronda, the oldest bull ring in Spain. Lara’s exquisite black-and-white photographs record all aspects of the spectacle, in which bullfighters, bulls and the audience equally participate, narrating the occasion as it unfolds: the horse-and-carriage processions before the fights; the toreadors praying at altars, or steeling themselves in a hastily snatched moment of privacy; their extraordinary regalia, and that of their wives; their walk along the lonely passageway to the bullring; the wide open space of the ring and the audience tense with expectation; and of course, the moment of confrontation between bull and toreador, which Lara shoots both close up and from ringside, while audience members gesticulate in exultation, encouragement or fear.