Manel Alcalde

Manel Alcalde

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Sandringham Road, Kingsland High Street, London, 10.42am-11.37am, 15 June 2009.

Sandringham Road, Kingsland High Street, London, 10.42am-11.37am, 15 June 2009.

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos - The New York Times

Chernie Ochki ( Black Sunglasses ) movie poster, 1964. Designed by Miron Lukyanov and directed by Houssam El-Din Mustafa. From the book Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 by Phaidon.

Chernie Ochki ( Black Sunglasses ) movie poster, 1964. Designed by Miron Lukyanov and directed by Houssam El-Din Mustafa. From the book Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 by Phaidon.

Vremya Otdykha S Subboty Ponedelnika (Leisure Time from Saturday to Monday) movie poster, 1959

Vremya Otdykha S Subboty Ponedelnika (Leisure Time from Saturday to Monday) movie poster, 1959

Cernaya Chaika ( Black Seagull)  movie poster, 1962

Cernaya Chaika ( Black Seagull) movie poster, 1962

London: A Modern Project, 1995

London: A Modern Project, 1995

Piccadilly at Night, circa 1960.

Piccadilly at Night, circa 1960.

Wrestlers, like Bobo Matu here, were usually photographed in a paired-down, minimalist fashion, for purely pragmatic reasons: it made making posters easier. To a contemporary eye, though, the resulting shots have the quality of a Richard Avedon portrait or August Sander picture. And grouped together they become a fascinating taxonomy of wrestling characters.

Wrestlers, like Bobo Matu here, were usually photographed in a paired-down, minimalist fashion, for purely pragmatic reasons: it made making posters easier. To a contemporary eye, though, the resulting shots have the quality of a Richard Avedon portrait or August Sander picture. And grouped together they become a fascinating taxonomy of wrestling characters.

Born in the US, Big Jim Harris emerged in the UK in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, he was a fixture on the British scene, engaging with many of the great names, from Mal Kirk to Pat Roach

Born in the US, Big Jim Harris emerged in the UK in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, he was a fixture on the British scene, engaging with many of the great names, from Mal Kirk to Pat Roach

Giant Haystacks, whose real name was Martin Austin Ruane, changed his stage name on several occasions, but he was always a heel.

Giant Haystacks, whose real name was Martin Austin Ruane, changed his stage name on several occasions, but he was always a heel.

Crusher “Mighty Chang” Mason was famed for his ability to stir up a crowd. He had a long career as a heel – one of the bad guys – either on his own or in tandem with Danny Lynch as the Assassins

Crusher “Mighty Chang” Mason was famed for his ability to stir up a crowd. He had a long career as a heel – one of the bad guys – either on his own or in tandem with Danny Lynch as the Assassins

Having a persona was the lifeblood of a wrestler. It would mark you out in a profession full of larger-than life-characters. At a time when Kung-Fu was all the rage for school children in the UK, “Kung Fu” Eddie Hamill made this particular niche his own

Having a persona was the lifeblood of a wrestler. It would mark you out in a profession full of larger-than life-characters. At a time when Kung-Fu was all the rage for school children in the UK, “Kung Fu” Eddie Hamill made this particular niche his own