© 2014 by James Sparshatt Photography.

 

"My love of photography developed while I was working as an adventure guide and photojournalist in Latin America in the 1990s.  Both there, and later in Cuba, I was captivated by the energy and exuberance of the festivals and dance so inherent in latino life.  Many of my images celebrate the rich and vibrant musical heritage of Havana, Buenos Aires and Seville.

When I look at them I hear the rhythmic beat of the drums and almost feel a trickle of sweat running down my back.  I remain amazed when they have the same effect on a stranger, but I suppose that is the power of the image"

 

James has had solo exhibitions in the US, Ireland, Spain, Cuba, France and across the UK.  His work is shown at contemporary art fairs across the world including at Art Chicago, ArtHamptons, Slick (Paris), Art Market (San Francisco), AAF London, AAF Singapore, AAF New York and many more.  His photographs have been used for advertising campaigns and featured in magazines such as Dazed and Confused, Tatler, Red, Wanderlust as well as all of the UK’s major broadsheets.  He has also written for the New Statesman.  In 2011 a platinum print of Soweto Strings was auctioned at Sothebys, New York City.

His book, Cuba - Land of Spirit, was published in 2006.

 

Reviews
“a dazzling collection of black and white images”
                    Land of the Incas exhibition at the Royal National Theatre, Sunday Telegraph

"Sparshatt’s portraits continue to offer a positive view of Cuban resilience and beauty... he never falls for clichés... his subjects defy their economic limitations as the musicians and dancers’ spirits fly".
                    Sue Steward, Photography Critic for the London Evening Standard International Awards


Competitions
2009 Worldwide Photography Gala awards         Finalist,  Fine Art
2009 Center for Fine Art Photography                Finalist,  Black and White Fine Art Photography
2009 Sony World Photography awards               Shortlisted, Music
2008 Center for Fine Art Photography                Winner,  International exhibition of Fine Art Photography

 

Artist's Talks and Photographic Juries
2010 Juror             London Art Fringe awards
2009 Artists talk     Land of the Incas, Travellers world, Olympia, London
2009 Artist Talk      Land of the Incas, Haslemere festival, UK
2008 Juror             Digital Camera photographer of the Year 2008

Selected Exhibitions and Art Fairs

2019  Pulse - Miami                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2019  AAF Hamburg                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery 

2019  Rhythms of Emotion                    Theatre Royal Norwich,  UK

2019  AAF Hampstead                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2019  AAF New York                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2019  AAF Battersea                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2019  Art Karlsruhe                              courtesy of Capital Culture gallery  

2018  AAF Amsterdam                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery 

2018  AAF Stockholm                            courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2018  AAF Hampstead                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2018  AAF New York                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2018  AAF Battersea                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2018  Art Karlsruhe                              courtesy of Capital Culture gallery 

2017  AAF Hamburg                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery 

2017  AAF Stockholm                            courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2017  AAF Hampstead                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2017  AAF New York                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2016  AAF Hamburg                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery 

2016  AAF Stockholm                            courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2016  AAF Hampstead                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2016  AAF New York                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2015  AAF Hamburg                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery  

2015  AAF Amsterdam                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2015  AAF Hampstead                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2015  AAF New York                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2015  Focal Point                                 Eames Fine Art, London UK

2015  AAF Battersea                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery  

2014  AAF Hamburg                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery  

2014  Platinum II                                 The Cloister Gallery, Woodchester UK
2014  Fragments of Asia                       Exposed gallery - Moscow

2014  AAF Amsterdam                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery

2014  AAF Hampstead                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2014  AAF New York                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2014  AAF Battersea                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2014  Exposed                                     Exposed gallery - Moscow

2014  AAF Brussels                               courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2013  Platinum                                     The Cloister Gallery, Woodchester UK

2013  AAF Stockholm                            courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2013  AAF Hamburg                              courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   

2013  ART Houston                               courtesy of Julie Nester gallery
2013  AAF Hampstead                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2013  AAF New York                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2013  AAF Battersea                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2012  ArtHamptons                               courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2012  ArtMarket, San Francisco              courtesy of Julie Nester gallery
2012  Retrospectiva.                              Romerias de Mayo Festival, Holguín, Cuba    
2012  Affordable Art Fair Battersea         courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2012  AAF Los Angeles                          courtesy of Capital Culture gallery   
2011  AAF Singapore                             courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2011  Art for Africa                                Auction at Sotheby's, New York City
2011  Houston Art Fair                           courtesy of Julie Nester gallery
2011  Chicago Art Fair                            courtesy of Blueleaf gallery 
2011  “Altered states”                             Julie Nester gallery, Park City, Utah
2011  “Rhythms of Emotion”                   Sony World Photography Festival, London

2011  Art Palm Beach                             courtesy of Blueleaf gallery
2011  AAF New York                              courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2011  AAF Battersea                              courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2010  “Majesty of Ireland”  Landscapes by James Sparshatt  and Rachael Dalzell   Capital Culture gallery 
2010  Slick Paris                                     courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2010  AAF Battersea                              courtesy of Capital Culture gallery
2010  AAF Paris                                     courtesy of Capital Culture
2009 “Black and white exhibition”           Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA
2009 “Cubanismo – the work of James Sparshatt and Ernesto Fernandez”     Blueleaf gallery, Dublin

2009  AAF Amsterdam                           courtesy of Capital Culture
2009  Glasgow Art Fair                           courtesy of Capital Culture
2009  AAF Brussels                                courtesy of Capital Culture
2008 “Spirit of Cuba”                              Canning House cultural institute, London
2008  Dublin Art Fair                              courtesy of Capital Culture
2008  Lineart, Ghent                              courtesy of Capital Culture
2008 “Spirit of Cuba”                             Fotoseptiembre photography festival, Rendon Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2008 “Cubanismo”                                 Capital Culture, London
2008 “International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography”   Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA

2008  Kunstart, Bolzano                        courtesy of Drissien Gallery
2007  "Spirit of Cuba"                             House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London
2007  "Discovery - the photos"               Capital Culture London
2006  "Westminster Connections"           SW1 Gallery, London
2006  "Cuba – Land of Spirit”                 SNAP gallery, Birmingham
2006  “Cuba – Land of Spirit”                 Capital Culture gallery, London
2006  "Latin Visions"                              Fotobild, Berlin
2006  "Buskaid - Soweto Strings"            Soho House, New York City
2006  "Land of the Incas"                       Peruvian Embassy, London
2006  "Land of the Incas"                       Royal National Theatre
2005  "Cuba - a good smoke"                Royal National theatre
2005  "Una vida de passion"                  Pergola gallery, Cordoba, Spain
2004  "Athens - an Olympic Transformation"    Hellenic Centre, London
2004  "The Great Wall Odyssey"            The Ivy, London
2003  "Rhythms of Cuba"                      James Sparshatt and Rankin     Hush, Mayfair, London
2003   "A Cuban Vision"                         Fama gallery, Havana
2001/2/3   "Romerias de Mayo"             Festival of Arts, Holguin, Cuba