Juan José Padilla adjusts his montera (bullfighter’s hat) before going into the ring for his comeback bullfight.
Spanish bullfighter Juan José Padilla (38), known as the ‘Cyclone of Jerez’, lost the sight in one eye and has partial paralysis of the face, after being gored by a bull in October 2011. The bull slammed one of its horns into Padilla’s jaw, and gouged out his left eye. Padilla needed substantial reconstructive surgery, and a titanium plate implant. Five months later he made a comeback, in the southwestern town of Olivenza. After the fight, Padilla was carried from the ring on the shoulders of a fellow bullfighter, an honor reserved for the very best performers.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza was born the son of a writer and an art history teacher in Pamplona in October, 1978. His interest turned from painting to photography in 2001 when he started studying artistic photography in Pamplona and later in Barcelona. He became a full time relation with Associated Press in 2005 and has been an AP staff photographer since 2009. As a photographer, Daniel has covered a variety of breaking news and features. He is especially interested in ethnography.
Xiaoqun Zheng was born in 1955 in Zhejiang Province, China, and graduated from Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. He has worked as a photographer for Wenzhou Daily since 1994 and is currently a photo editor there.
The group of deprived neighborhoods known as the ‘Crescent’, around the northern edge of downtown Rochester, New York State, USA, is renowned for its high crime and murder rates. Reasons given for these include a depressed local economy, and the large number of empty houses, prone to becoming locations for drug dealing.
Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome, Italy. He studied architecture at Sapienza Università di Roma, before moving on to photography at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, also in the Italian capital. Between 1991 and 2001, Pellegrin was represented by Agence VU in Paris. In 2001, he became a Magnum Photos nominee, and a full member in 2005. He is a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine in the US and Zeit magazine in Germany.
Sharon, a Nigerian sex worker, sits on her makeshift bed in the countryside outside Rome.
Roadside prostitution in Italy is conducted primarily by migrant sex workers. Some of the women are victims of trafficking—they have been deceived by criminal gangs into coming to Italy, lured by promises of legitimate jobs. Others have willingly been smuggled into the country, but find prostitution the only way that they can earn enough money to send back to their families, or to pay back the thousands of euros they owe to smugglers.
For nearly twenty years, women from Benin City, in the state of Edo in Nigeria, have been going to Italy to earn money as sex workers, hoping to ensure a better future for their families. The women organize the operation among themselves, and are ostensibly released from obligation once they have paid off their debt, but still find it difficult to secure work that is unrelated to sex.
Paolo Patrizi is a documentary photographer whose stories explore underlying themes of - and contradictions between - tradition and modernity, and the cultural disconnection produced by rapid economic growth. He began his career in London, working as an assistant to other professionals. While doing freelance assignments for British magazines and design groups, he started to develop projects of his own. Today, his work is featured in leading publications, and has been exhibited and awarded internationally.