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Lucha Loco

Black Jaguar by Malcolm Venville

Ever since spending my Cinco de Mayo here in Chicago at an insane event known only as Mondo Lucha, I’ve had luchadores on the brain. So when news arrived in my mailbox that Lucha Loco was being re-issued, I was pretty jazzed.

Lucha Loco is a collection of luchador portraits by Malcolm Venville that was originally released in a gorgeous hardcover edition by Ammo books back in 2007. Having noted that most photography of luchadores tends to be observational (ringside, mid-match, etc), Venville opted to shoot his subjects in an empty Mexico City studio.

“I knew there was an opportunity to photograph these fighters in a powerful style that allowed direct and uncluttered observation.”

Shot in blazing color with a 4″ x 5″ plate camera, the portraits are gorgeous as much as they are fascinating. They showcase the artistry, personality, and sophistication (or lack thereof) of these masks and costumes, as well as the fighters themselves (each portrait is matched with a quote from its respective luchador).

Having drifted in and out of availability, its being published in the “accessible and popular” paperback format (publisher’s words, not mine), which I suppose is better than nothing. Try to track down the hardcover edition first, but if all else fails, pick this one up. It’s weird and beautiful, and it belongs in your collection.

Andy Barrow by Malcolm Venville

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Dr Muerte by Malcolm Venville

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