“And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”
This photo captures the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last bullfight the extent of the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an active and an extremely vocal opponent of bullfighting.
It’s a beautiful photo, don’t get me wrong.
But truth be told, Alvaro Munera retired after he was severely gored by one of the bulls. It was most likely afterwards that he came to the conclusion that he was morally opposed to the sport of Bullfighting.
It’s unlikely that this photo captures his epiphany, but it certainly captures his anguish. And the bull bellowing at him, as if to ask “YOU OKAY?”
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