World Cup 2002 with England / by Simon Mooney

I've just answered some questions from the blog FormFiftyFive about the World Cups I photographed with England. The first was Japan 2002 and time has flown but fortunately I have the archive to go through and refresh my memory. I've picked out a few favourites which had limited publication at the time and, as the tournament ended in disappointment with the quarter-final defeat to Brazil, they haven't been out much since.

They were shot on film and mostly processed by my colleague Julian in hotel bathrooms. I remember him turning at least one bath a lovely blush pink with the bleach. The uncut rolls of film were then scanned for editing purposes with no individual corrections at quite low resolution so they're a bit rough - a bit like old-school contact prints. Still, I quite like the softness of them compared to the punch of the digital files I'm used to seeing.

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