Costaleros for Ap and The New York Times

A serie of Portraits of Costaleros, men who carry heavy religious floats that get paraded around the city during its Holy Week celebrations.

They are the hidden but indispensable pillars of the Easter celebrations that take place across Spain, but are particularly significant in Seville. While many of the costaleros are practicing Roman Catholics, their main assets are a strong neck and legs, as well as a commitment to team work, rather than religious fervor. This work was acquired by The New York Times and the Associated Press agency.