lucha loco

, Friday, January 28

Through a succession of striking photographs Venville has managed to capture an insight into the unique and compelling world of a Luchador.

"Using large format film photography and traditional camera techniques in a Mexico City studio, Venville purposefully plucks each character from his immediate environment to simply focus on his essence. Beside each wrestler's portrait sits his fighting name in custom designed Mexican-style typography along with a revealing quotation carefully selected from an in-depth interview with the subject. The result is a unique and compelling window into the life of a Luchador - a world normally shrouded in mystery.

As a child of profoundly deaf parents, Venville is fascinated with the unspoken language and still countenance of the Luchador mask. It is through Venville's tenacity and desire to depict this serious form of expression while revealing the humanity underneath that culminates in the stunning portraiture series Lucha Loco."

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