IMPRESSIVE BULLFIGHTING IMAGES IN MICHAEL
CROUSER’S NEW BOOK LOS TOROS
In September 2007 the Twin Palms Publishers will release the bullfighting photography book LOS TOROS by the gifted photographer Michael Crouser.
The book features more than 120 impressive black and white pictures on the the subject of bullfighting, and it is introduced by the renowned Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa who, in an erudite essay, relates his experiences with the Fiesta Brava in his native Peru, and gives his views on bullfighting as a cultural and artistic expression.
Michael Crouser, in addition to being a talented professional with the camera, is a bullfighting aficionado who, during sixteen years, attended many corridas in the bullrings of Spain, Mexico, Ecuador and France capturing the soul of bullfighting with his inquisitive camera. From thousands of images he has selected over 120 unique photographs that form the body of his attractive work LOS TOROS. Michael’s book should appeal not only to the toreo aficionados but also to those people who appreciate photography as a work of art.
Michael made a presentation of his book at “La Tertulia” meeting of the Taurine Bibliophiles of America –TBA---, which took place on June 30 in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. First, Jack Bona, former president of TBA, read Mario Vargas Llosa ‘s prologue, and later Michael projected slides of some of the pictures printed on his publication. What is unusual about the images of Michael’s photos is that they do not emphasize only the ability of the toreros or the quality of their passes, as most bullfighting pictures do. On the other hand, Michael focuses his camera not only on the stars of the show but on all the participants, including the audience, highlighting the dramatic, the unusual and the human, or inhuman, aspect of the toreo. Also, as he said when someone in the audience asked him during his presentation why his photos were in black and white, he explained that he wanted to show the essential bare bones of the subjects of the lens of his camera, without the distractions of the colorful aspects surrounding the spectacle of bullfighting.There will only be 2,500 copies of the first edition of LOSTOROS released and, although the book will not be published until September, you can pre-order it by calling Twin Palms at 800-797-0680, or you may obtain more information about Michael’s book by entering the Websites www.lostorosbook.com, or www.twinpalms.com