“The public is completely uninterested in knowing whether the contest is rigged or not, and rightly so; it abandons itself to the primary virtue of the spectacle, which is to abolish all motives and all consequences: what matters is not what it thinks, but what it sees.”
Roland Barthes, Mythologies (1957)
Many of photographer Lourdes Grobet’s amazing images from the Mexican wrestling scene are collected in Espectacular de lucha libre (published by Trilce Ediciones). Read our review of Grobet’s book here (presented along with a couple of our favorite images of Blue Demon and Santo).
We also have some of Patricio Crooker’s beautiful images from the Bolivian Lucha Libre scene. Yes, that's right … Bolivian Lucha Libre!