2016 / Editorial / Photo Essay

Child Bullfighters in Training

  • Photographer
    Christina Simons

Salvador and Tadeo train for four hours every Saturday and Sunday morning. Since the age of 5 they have been learning the craft of bullfighting. They both obsessively hope to one day become professional matadors. Salvador is from a wealthy family who have brought him to the bullfights weekly since he was a newborn. They are staunch Catholics and believe God will protect Salvador from any future harm, while Tadeo's single mother fears for him and hopes this obsession is a passing fancy, but also supports his passion as best she can. Until they are ready to fight, they train rigorously and attend as many bull fights as they can.

Christina Simons is an award winning international documentary photographer focused on human rights and civil liberties. Her work is driven by the exploration of sub-cultures and marginalised people, leading to exhibitions worldwide. Her work traverses many interests and is represented in publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian as well as working with several NGOs including Medecines Sans Frontieres.