Bullfight: The Pas de Deux
Released: January 16, 2012
ISBN: 9780983270218/ Suggested Retail $60.00
The unrivalled drama of bullfighting, with its rigorous combination of athleticism and artistry, and its requisite display of grace under pressure, ignited Hemingway's imagination and inspired him to write his classic work on the subject, "Death in the Afternoon." That same inspiration has taken hold of photographer Ricardo B. Sanchez to create the most unique and elegant record of what is and has always been one of the most controversial "sports" practiced by man. Some contend that bullfighting remains one of the most artful and sophisticated means by which some cultures celebrate the bravery of the hunter.
This ancient ritual illustrates the
complex relationship between predator and prey, and between culture and nature. Here, Sanchez's vividly arresting artworks and text reflect this exquisite "pas de deux," where the bull and the bullfighter trace the lines and forms of their existence with each pass. The accompanying texts by both author and art critic provide what the steps of the bullfight represent as metaphors of our broader relationships between nature and humans. Here is a distinctively beautiful and enlightened visual and intellectual study of the intersection of tradition, culture,
art, and nature in this ancient rite that is so exquisitely and intricately recorded that one can actually see why by so many it is so revered as an artform: it truly is a ballet's pas de deux.