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Bullfight, Madrid, c 1931.


Bullfight, Madrid, c 1931.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


A snapshot photograph of a bullfight in front of a huge crowd in the Las Ventas del Espiritu Santo bullring, Madrid, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1930. Bullfighting has been Spain's national sport for many years. Here a group of matadors take turns to fight a bull. In the foreground two men prepare to carry away a dead horse, presumable gored by the bull. The Las Ventas del Espiritu Santo bullring is one of two main bullfighting rings in Madrid. Built in 1929, it did not stage its first bullfight until 1931. Originally a shooting term, the word 'snapshot' was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's [1854-1932] introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.

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