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Iceland – the smallest-ever country in the World Cup

For a country with a population of only 340,000 – more or less equal to the London Borough of Ealing – qualifying for this year’s Fifa World Cup was a miracle. It is the smallest-ever country to participate, and in its first match, it managed to hold Argentina to a 1-1 draw. 99.6% of Iceland’s TV viewers tuned in to watch the game, making it the most-viewed sporting event in the country’s history. 

“They really are crazy about football,” says Matteo de Mayda, an Italian photographer who travelled to Iceland with journalist Cosimo Bizzarri earlier this year to document the sport in Iceland. “It’s a miracle for them to be at the World Cup, and a miracle to draw against Argentina.”

2018-06-22T09:22:19+00:00

Fifa, The UN, The French Communist Party: Luca Zanier goes inside the corridors of power

A visit to the United Nations in New York is what first provided the spark for Luca Zanier to begin photographing the buildings that appear in his series Corridors of Power. Now numbering over 30 images, the series captures the dramatic interiors of the buildings around the world where political decisions are made. Zanier shoots the buildings empty of people, so the focus instead is on the architecture: the rooms therefore seem paused, with the chairs waiting to be filled, braced for the debates and the decision-making to take place. “I’m interested in politics,” says Zanier of his reason for being intrigued by the spaces. “You see the news all the time, and the people are changing all the time, the really important people that make the decisions. I realised that there are a lot of organisations around the world where they make decisions, and you know about the decisions, you know what’s going on, but you don’t know about the places where they make them.” Zanier has photographed buildings in New York, but much …

2015-05-29T17:27:01+00:00

BJP Staff