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Rhythms of Emotion - 3 Bedfordbury gallery

Havana Cafe

Exhibition preview

RHYTHMS of Emotion – Music and Dance in the Latin World, an exhibition of photography by James Sparshatt, will be on display at 3 Bedfordbury gallery from Wednesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 1 as part of the World Photography Festival 2011.

James Sparshatt began his professional 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.

Sparshatt’s black and white photographs in his forthcoming exhibition revolve around the energy of Havana’s streets and the dramatic tension of Buenos Aires late night tango clubs. His work captures the vibrancy and emotional intensity of Latin life through his exploration of the people’s passion for music and dance.

Of his work Sparshatt says:

“I was captivated by the energy and exuberance of the festivals and dance that are so much part of Latino life. My Rhythms of Emotion series celebrates that human interaction, in particular the rich and vibrant musical heritage of places such as Havana, Buenos Aires and Seville. I hope they evoke the passion inherent in Latin life…that when you look at them you can almost hear the rhythmic beat of the drums and feel the sweat running down your back.”

The images are printed as limited edition selenium-toned silver gelatin hand prints.


A selection of these images are also now being produced as palladium platinum prints by specialist platinum printers Paul and Max Caffell of 31 Studio who also work with David Bailey and Sebastião Salgado.

Sparshatt has had solo exhibitions in New York, San Antonio, Havana, Dublin and London, and his work has been shown at Art Chicago, Palm Beach Art Fair, Slick (Paris) as well as many other art fairs. His 2006 exhibition at the Royal National Theatre was described in the Sunday Telegraph as “a dazzling collection of black and white images…”.

He was a winner of the 2008 International Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, USA, was shortlisted for the 2009 Sony World Photographic Awards and was a finalist in the World Photography Gala Awards 2010.

Sparshatts’ book, Cuba Land of Spirit, was published in October 2006. He currently lives and works in London.

Admission: Free.

Times: Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 6pm, Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

3 Bedfordbury gallery, Covent Garden, London.