Andrea Santolaya

Nation rugby
Location: Madrid
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Andrea Santolaya (Madrid, 1982) has developed a personal and honest photographic language to portray the life of small communities where timelessness as a social bond stands out. Whether with the Mikhailovsky Ballet of Saint Petersburg, in... read on
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Nation rugby
Copyright Andrea Santolaya 2022
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Dec 1969
Updated Apr 2018
Location Biarritz

Also known as B.O. is the French rugby team in the Basque Country. Five-time champions and two time European Cup runners-up Biarritz were relegated from the French Top 14 on 2014 ending an 18-year stay in the elite division. I portrayed the family that has sticked together during the last semester of the season before splitting into other top European teams. The sport being referred to as not only a game but a family that transcends the storm.

The portraits during training show the human being behind the scenes and the action photographs point out the task that qualifies the individual within the group. The objective of rugby is getting the ball over the line to score a try. In order to do this there must be a unified mental state.

Being part of this family led me to document the last breaths of the golden team that stuck together up until the end of its era. B.O is now gathering a newly born squad to conquer the upcoming stage. Occupied by leaders as Erik Lund The Viking who is now leading the captain's shoulders. His brother Magnus who left to The Sharks back in England. Raphaël Lakafia, who inherited the family ́s temple and now rejoins Stade Français in Paris or Ueleni Fono, who flew from Tonga using rugby as a passport. Overcoming the warrior inside a legendary team that is celebrating its 100 years at the Basque Country.


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