In Part I of their exclusive interview with totalBarca, Diver & Aguilar shared with totalBarca their beginnings with FC Barcelona and discussed the different projects they have shot for the club over three years. In this second and final part, the duo talk about the players – the most camera-friendly and their personal pick - the experience of shooting El Clasico at Camp Nou in 2009 and their favourite Barca photo. Read after the jump to know whether they themselves are Barcelona fans or not.
With all due respect, who do you think is the least photogenic out of the squad? And most photogenic?
Of course some players are more interested in giving their time to the camera, but there is no one player who is less photogenic, maybe because of the achievements when you look at pictures of the players that is also written in their face. Puyol can give a very powerful image for example and then also Abidal. Of course Messi is Messi and photographing a legend is writing history.
Who is your favourite subject amongst the team? Why?
Some of the players give a lot to the camera in terms of emotion; Dani Alves has a strong personality, so do Puyol and Pique.
Out of the entire squad, who is a camera hound? Who wants the most camera time?
When working with the entire team we have limited time to work with each player. Of course the creative director wants to get the most out of the most famous players, so extra time is needed say for working with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa and Puyol etc.
But as we all know with Barcelona there are no egos or at least if there are they are all equal. This is surely why the team is so successful and operates as a unit on the field too.
A lot of footballers are frequently involved in photo shoots for the companies that sponsor them, or as models for various products. So do photo shoots come naturally to the Barca group?
Of course some of the players are in almost constant demand by media for attention and they are very used to working in front of the camera on and off the field. So yes it is all part of being a footballer at the highest level.
After looking at their photos from El Clasico, we’re interested to know what you best liked to capture during the game – the atmosphere from the fans (before and after), the emotions on the pitch or the action itself? What lends itself best to photos?
The atmosphere at the Camp Nou is a unique experience. What is happening on the field is amplified by the sheer energy that the fans create. This always leads itself to magical photographs. Of course, 2009 El Clasico at Camp Nou was the most anticipated in recent years as people wanted to see the clash of the titans and whether Madrid’s millions could match the quality and beauty of Barcelona’s football. Capturing Messi, Ronaldo and Kaka in a battle royale was quite extraordinary and the fans pleasure at the result made for great photographs also.
Yours is an England-Spain working partnership. So Mr Aguilar are you a fan of some other team from La Liga and Mr Diver are you a supporter on an EPL club? Or are you fans of FC Barcelona?
Absolutely we are fans of FCB. We love to watch the beautiful football they play. These last few years have been a golden age of European football and like you all we are witnessing history.
Yes, we do have our teams as well. Interestingly, I [Mr Mike Diver] have been a lifelong Manchester United supporter and as a boy Pedro [Mr Aguilar] followed Real Betis as he is from the south. It was of course a challenge for me [Mr Diver] to photograph the final in Rome, but the best team won and I was pleased for that.
Of all the FC Barcelona shoots you have done, which was the most satisfying creatively? And which one was the most challenging?
Match photography is always the most challenging because you don’t have the chance to capture the image. Also having been photographers who spend most of the time directing the production to be in a situation that is totally unpredictable is a different skill.
From a creative perspective, seeing how we can evolve the imagery we produce each time we work with the players is very satisfying. The documentary work has been extremely well received and it was a new direction for us at the time. The “Tattoos” campaign and the black-and-white “Icons” also stand out for us as important achievements with the team.
Are there any other clubs (or subject matters) that you would like to shoot?
We have worked with Manchester United and in particular Ryan Giggs. Working with the leading clubs of the world and international brands is our aim and philosophy.
Which is your favourite Barca-related photo?
At present our latest series the black-and-white Icons is our favourite. We are very proud of the result.
The “Icons” exhibition will most likely take place in Barcelona and Madrid after the El Clasico on 17th April.
All images are courtesy Diver & Aguilar. Visit www.diveraguilar.com to see more of their work.
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