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.