James Sparshatt

A revolutionary spirit

In 1959 residents of Cuba were faced with a stark choice: stay on their island home and live as a “revolutionary”  or leave.  Some believed whole heartedly in the new beginning, some were willing to be carried along and some abandoned everything they had and chose exile.  The Buena Vista social club found fame as much for their incredible spirit as for their music, but for me it is the everyman that you meet on the street, cigar clamped between teeth, a glint in the eye, that embodies the true spirit of those who have lived through 50 years of struggle.


Palladium platinum
30″ x 22″
Edition of 12

Photographic print on brushed aluminium
20″ x 20″  Edition of 20
36″ x 36″  Edition of 15

Gelatin silver print
20″ x 16″Edition of 35