Bullfighting as a spectacular show, which necessarily depends on painting, literature, photography and other forms of art. Photography began to accompany bullfighting shows as early as in the 19th century. Today with the appearance of digital photography technologies, a bullfighting photographer manages to capture the smallest details of the performance and the most gracious moments of the fight. However, even professionals recognize that to make a perfect photo of bullfighting is as hard as to paint it in watercolors, and along the technical ammunition and knowledge of photography techniques, you need to have a true love for bullfighting, as well as understand its many-sided nature.
Probably, one of the most known art photographers in Spain is Ricardo Sanchez, supplying the audience with bullfighting photos, featuring bullfighter as a subtle dancer in the struggle for life and death. In Mexico, this is Don Carlos Gonzales, whose camera fixed the most precious moments for more than fifty years. Nothing from the bulls, grazing in the pastures to the art and techniques of the best bullfighters, has evaded from his acute vision. Alfredo Florez is a feature writer, photographer, editor, painter and sketcher and in love with bullfighting that allowed him to create bullfighting photos of a special touch.
You can find many masterpieces of bullfighting photography online, giving you a deeper understanding what bullfighting is and how photography can depict the most shocking, cruel, ambitious scenes, as well as amazing, courageous and breathtaking ones. Look through these websites to enjoy some of the best bullfighting photos:
http://www.fib.se/mano.html is an exclusive Swedish website, featuring articles in both English and Swedish with bullfighting pictures, linked to them. As an example, here you can read about a legend of Spanish bullfight, Manolete, or Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez, as well as see his photographs by Ricardo Delgado and Francisco Callo. The bull gored Manolete and here is the picture, featuring his death, when his sword-handler, Guillermo, pressed his hand against the wound trying to stop the blood. The photos of Cristina Sanchez, the foremost of the female bullfighters, are also available here.
http://www.quovadimus.org/ is a bullfighting image gallery, permitting you to view the most spectacular bullfighting photos, capturing the most interesting movements and details. Making larger images is perfect to grasp the appeal of each picture.
http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/ is a website, where you can find some good bullfighting photos, as well as to see the offers of Spain travel packages and the country's description.
http://www.atourhands.com/ is a website against corrida, supporting the animals? rights. It shows bullfighting photos as evidences of bulls, tortured and killed for entertainment.
A search through printed or online bullfighting periodicals can give you a deeper insight and understanding of bullfighting photography. Aplausos, Spanish Weekly, has a tradition of featuring black and white bullfighting photos, while ?6 Toros 6? is characterized with an exclusive use of color photography. The access to the other newspapers and periodicals is available from http://mundo-taurino.org/.