A petition of 180,000 signatures to ban bullfighting has forced the closure of Barcelona's last bullring, the Plaza Monumental. Now it is being banned in the autonomous region of Catalonia altogether. Before it disappears freelance photojournalist Charlie Mahoney took an essay of pictures at the ring that are a brilliant insight into this ancient, dying bloodsport. They are reproduced in the splendid online newspaper the GlobalPost. Love the subject or hate it, his depictions of the fans and the bullfighters is a superb piece of photojournalism.
Charlie Mahoney's work in this field takes him all over the globe and has won him many awards. His brilliant website is well worth a visit.