football_280These photographs were taken during the 2006 World Cup, when I divided my time between London and Paris, going from pubs to bars, trying to catch the essence of each football match through people’s expressions. Each spectator was so intensely absorbed in the matches that they forgot about the camera pointing at them. These photographs draw us into the emotions of the moment, may it be the overwhelming euphoria of victory or the emptiness of defeat.

Dean Dorat