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The Pipeline

A Taste of Life in Seville


Seville, ‘the frying pan of Europe’: so named for being the hottest city on the continent. It is the fourth largest city in Spain, and the capital of Andalucía. Founded by the Romans, the city was conquered by Muslims in 712 before being taken by Christian crusaders under the command of Ferdinand III in 1248. Two events now define life for local Sevillanos: the Feria de Sevilla (Seville Fair) in April, and the Semana Santa (Holy Week) at Easter. 

My first exposure to the Semana Santa was when I first saw one of David’s images of a beautiful Andalucían woman in a black veil, looking poignantly off-camera. He shot this in Malaga on Fuji Velvia 100 way back in 2000 – David worked with film for another five years before his digital switch. It’s a great shot and I wanted to shoot the festival since I saw it. 

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