James Sparshatt
b 1966, Portsmouth UK


James Sparshatt

James Sparshatt began his photographic career in the early nineties in the rarefied atmosphere of La Paz, Bolivia, working as a photojournalist and eventually editor of the Bolivian Times.  It was here he discovered Latin music and the splashes of festive colour and swirling movement it brought to the otherwise bleak, windswept canvas of the Altiplano.

His work today reflects that vibrancy and intimately captures the beauty and spirit of his subjects.  He has been exhibited in New York, San Antonio(Texas), London, Dublin, Berlin, Cordoba (Spain), Cuba and across the UK.  His 2006 exhibition at the Royal National Theatre was described in the Sunday Telegraph as  “a dazzling collection of black and white images”.  James was shortlisted for the Sony World Photographic award in 2009 and was a winner of the Center for Fine Art Photography’s International award in 2008.

A platinum print of his Soweto Strings was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s New York in aid of Art For Africa.

James’ first book, Cuba Land of Spirit, was published in 2006.

Press Links:
Latinos in London  April 2011   Rhythms of Emotion
Spoonfed  October 2010   Majesty of Ireland
The Mirror Newspaper  June 2009  The Spirit of Cuba in Dublin
Article for the New Statesman on Cuba by James Sparshatt