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The Wider Image: The matador...Spanish matador Jose Maria Manzanares holds his bullfighter's "muleta" during a bullfight at the Real Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain April 9, 2016. At the Real Maestranza arena the crowd enjoys a tradition that dates back over a thousand years. Wearing an embroidered gold and white outfit and wielding a long thin sword, the matador taunts the 600-kilo bull with his cape, dodging its horns again and again. Despite the full stands at the bullring, which hosted its first fight in 1761, the sport attracts an increasingly slim audience, as new generations shun what they see as a cruel and unfair fight. Matadors say those who oppose bullfighting don't understand the bullring's intimacy or the artistry of the fight. To finish off the bout, matadors deliver the "estocada," a deft strike through the bull's shoulder blades to pierce its heart. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo   SEARCH "EL MATADOR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

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Spanish matador Jose Maria Manzanares holds his bullfighter’s “muleta” during a bullfight at the Real Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

Seville Celebrates The Feria de Abril...SEVILLE, SPAIN - APRIL 13:  Bullfighter Manuel Escribano performs with a Vitorino Martin ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at La Maestranza bullring on the second day of the Feria de Abril (April's Fair) on April 13, 2016 in Seville, Spain. The Feria de Abril, which has a history dating back to 1857, takes place a fortnight after Easter each year. The origin of the fair was a cattle market but the event quickly turned its goal from commerce to having fun. More than one million local and international participants are expected to attend to Feria de Abril.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Bullfighter Manuel Escribano performs with a Vitorino Martin ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at La Maestranza bullring at the Feria de Abril (April’s Fair) in Seville, Spain

Women wearing sevillana dresses are seen during the traditional Feria de Abril (April fair) in the Andalusian capital of Seville...ATTENTION EDITORS: SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN Women wearing sevillana dresses are seen during the traditional Feria de Abril (April fair) in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 23, 2015. The fair will run until April 26.  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Women wearing sevillana dresses are seen during the traditional Feria de Abril (April Fair) in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

A homeless man sleeps on the pavement outside a BBVA bank branch in the Andalusian capital of Seville...A homeless man sleeps on the pavement outside a BBVA bank branch in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain October 30, 2014. The advertisement poster reads "We continue to provide financing to companies like yours. And now, in historical terms. Come in and ask."  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)

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A homeless man sleeps on the pavement outside a BBVA bank branch in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. The advertisement poster reads “We continue to provide financing to companies like yours. And now, in historical terms. Come in and ask.” 

A woman and a boy look from a window as a penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood walks past them during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 14, 2014.

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A woman and a boy look from a window as a penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood walks past them during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

A wooden carving of Virgin of the Seven Sorrows is displayed in a church in the Andalusian capital of Seville...A wooden carving of "Virgen de los siete dolores y Madre de todos los que lloran" (Virgin of the Seven Sorrows and Mother of all those who cry) by Spanish artist Francisco Romero Zafra, is displayed in a church in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain August 9, 2013.   REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

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A wooden carving of the “Virgin of the Seven Sorrows and Mother of all those who cry”, by Spanish artist Francisco Romero Zafra, is displayed in a church in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain 

A nun chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville...A nun (C) chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

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A nun chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain