Passes: The Art of the Bullfight

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Combining the knowledge of his craft with intelligence, willpower, courage and art, a bullfighter uses a cloth (cape or muleta) to lead, dominate, pass, and kill a charging bull. This book offers an extensive photographic and literary study of the variety of passes performed in a bullfight. Contemporary bullfighting is probably the most artful and sophisticated way certain cultures celebrate the bravery of the hunter. This ancient ritual can also illustrate the complex relationship between predator and prey, and ...

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New York, New York, U.S.A. 2001 Pictorial Boards First Edition New in New jacket Oblong 4to. First edition. Oblong 4to., 191 pp. Illustrated throughout in color. Translucent ... band covering boards as issued. New. "To transmute the threatening and dangerous existence of a beast into something as gossamer as a dancer's veil is the greatest marvel of bullfighting, " according to Manuel Chaves Nogales. In certain cultures, this ancient ritual illustrates multilayered relationships between intelligence and brute strength, certainty and doubt, man and nature, reality and deception. In this elegant oversized album, Ricardo Sanchez's swirling motion photographs reflect the ballet of maneuvers known as passes, tracing the lines and forms of the bull and the bullfighter not in sharp frozen moments but in movement and energy. Rosa Olivares comments on Sanchez's photography as an art form, and bullfight critic Jose Luis Ramon explains in detail how the passes are performed and what they mean in the bullring?and how these Read more Show Less

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Combining the knowledge of his craft with intelligence, willpower, courage and art, a bullfighter uses a cloth (cape or muleta) to lead, dominate, pass, and kill a charging bull. ... This book offers an extensive photographic and literary study of the variety of passes performed in a bullfight --- . Contemporary bullfighting is probably the most artful and sophisticated way certain cultures celebrate the bravery of the hunter. This ancient ritual can also illustrate the complex relationship between predator and prey, and between culture and nature. Ricardo Sanchez's vivid photographs reflect this exquisite "pas de deux," where the bull and the bullfighter trace the lines and forms of their existence with each pass. The texts provide detailed descriptions of how the passes are performed, what they mean in the bullring, and what they represent as metaphors of our broader relationships with nature and ourselves. PASSES is a unique visuall and intellectual study of the intersection of tradition, culture, art, and nature in this ancient rite. --- About the Author Ricardo B. Sanchez was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1953 and educated in Massachusetts at Deerfield Academy, Tufts University and the Museum School of Fine Arts Boston. For the past 30 years, he has lived in Caracas, New York and Madrid dedicating a substantial amount of his time to the interpretation of the photographic language as a fine art. His work has been exhibited in museums, international art fairs and galleries and Spain, Germany, the United States and Venezuela, and is part of public as well as private collections. Jose Luis Ramon Carrion, a former novillero (bullfighter) turned journalist, is one of Spain's most respected critics on the subject of bullfighting, and the author of several volumes on the subject. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of 6 Toros 6 a journal devoted to bullfighting. In 1999 he won the Doctor Zumet Award for Literature for a work on the history of the pase natural. -- A BREATH-TAKING BOOK!! Read more Show Less

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Combining the knowledge of his craft with intelligence, willpower, courage and art, a bullfighter uses a cloth (cape or muleta) to lead, dominate, pass, and kill a charging bull. This book offers an extensive photographic and literary study of the variety of passes performed in a bullfight. Contemporary bullfighting is probably the most artful and sophisticated way certain cultures celebrate the bravery of the hunter. This ancient ritual can also illustrate the complex relationship between predator and prey, and between culture and nature. Ricardo Sanchez's vivid photographs reflect this exquisite "pas de deux," where the bull and the bullfighter trace the lines and forms of their existence with each pass. The texts provide detailed descriptions of how the passes are performed, what they mean in the bullring, and what they represent as metaphors of our broader relationships with nature and ourselves. PASSES is a unique visual and intellectual study of the intersection of tradition, culture, art, and nature in this ancient rite.



About the Author

Ricardo B. Sanchez was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1953 and educated in Massachusetts at Deerfield Academy, Tufts University and the Museum School of Fine Arts Boston. For the past 30 years, he has lived in Caracas, New York and Madrid dedicating a substantial amount of his time to the interpretation of the photographic language as a fine art. His work has been exhibited in museums, international art fairs and galleries and Spain, Germany, the United States and Venezuela, and is part of public as well as private collections.

Jose Luis Ramon Carrion, a former novillero (bullfighter) turned journalist, is one of Spain's most respected critics on the subject of bullfighting, and the author of several volumes on the subject. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of 6 Toros 6 a journal devoted to bullfighting. In 1999 he won the Doctor Zumet Award for Literature for a work on the history of the pase natural.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780847823673
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/5/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 15.11 (w) x 11.58 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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