Perspective | Meet the female pro wrestlers of Mexico

Photographer Diana Bagnoli takes us into the world of Mexican wrestling.

Lucha libre is Mexico’s version of what we in the United States refer to as pro wrestling. Its dates to 1863, when a Mexican wrestler named Enrique Ugartechea developed a form of “freestyle” wrestling that was based on Greco-Roman wrestling. Lucha libre began to soar in popularity in Mexico after two Italian businessmen started promoting fights in the early 1900s. It has since become popular around the globe. The sport is mostly performed by men, called “luchadores,” festooned in colorful outfits and masks. But women also take part in the sport, and they are called “luchadoras.” Fascinated by the sport, and particularly with the female participants, Italian photographer Diana Bagnoli traveled to Mexico.

Photos from a Confidential Initiation for Men in Senegal - Feature Shoot

During the celebration, the Jola people demonstrate their physical and spiritual force by cutting themselves with sharp knives protected by their amulets (Gris-gris) and by a potion made of blessed…

In the summer of 2016, the Italian photojournalist Diana Bagnoli traveled to the village of Mlomb in Casamance, Senegal to tell the story of the Boukout, a monthlong initiation for young men in the Jola community.

Announcing the Winners of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards! - Feature Shoot

We received an overwhelming amount of outstanding submissions to this year’s Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, and after weeks of a competitive jurying process, we are thrilled to announce a…

Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief Alison Zavos has selected five photographers to win the cash prize of $750. Her winning photographers are Mary Shannon Johnstone, Suzanne Stein, Benoit Paille, Michael Joseph, and Diana Bagnoli.