Project Description

A slight break from rock ‘n’ roll, while we give wall space to James Sparshatt’s beautiful portraits of Cuban singers, musicians and dancers.

Cuba : Land of Spirit will exhibit the latest body of work by the acclaimed photographer, James Sparshatt. Consisting of around 45 images, the exhibition explores and celebrates the richness of Cuban life. James Sparshatt’s love for the island and its people comes shining through in his photographs. Visiting his subjects frequently over several years, he has integrated into the fabric of their lives and developed an instinctive feel for what makes them tick.

 ‘These beautiful, intimate photographs illustrate the strength and vibrancy of Cuban culture. They provide a subtle and provocative insight into a people through their music, their dance and song’ – Howard Davies, Theatre Director


‘An ideal book to delve into on a cold rainy day. James’ enormous passion for Cuba and its people is evident in these beautiful photographs… so vibrant, so alive… they jump off the page and wrap themselves around you’ – Josie Lawrence, Actress and Comedienne


His black and white images capture the essence of the country’s Latin vibe, from café society to street parties, to romantic interludes. They conjure a national energy and pride, revealing the people’s natural love for life. The striking unposed images will deepen your own appreciation of what it means to be alive. These images capture the Cuban people in all their rhythmic and sensual glory.  The exhibition also includes with a selection of James’ stunning colour images of flamenco and from his series on the tango of Buenos Aires.  James’ photographs are offered for sale in strictly limited editions.


There is a hardback book accompanying the exhibition: Cuba Land of Spirit, 140 pages of black and white duotone images.Published in the UK by Bedbury Press, 2006, price £30.


‘Anyone who wants an insight into Cuban life should look at this book… through it you can feel the essence of our people’ – Carlos Acosta, Guest Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet