James Sparshatt

Hombre de Media Luna

Location – Media Luna
Series – Spirit of the Revolution
Year – 2003


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It was almost 3am and we were still waiting for the band to start to play. I stood on the open air stage buffeted by the winds as the group and their roadies struggled to set up.  The crowd had been waiting for hours but nobody seemed to mind.  Even the toddlers scooting between legs seemed unconcerned by the late hour.  In the midst of the chaos, drawing on his puro, this gentleman seemed at ease with the world.  Content beyond measure.  I wonder now, as then, what he knew that the rest of us did not.

The Spirit of the Revolution series documents the generation of Cubans that saw the dramatic changes of 1959 as young adults. They have a strength of character and underlying humour that transcends the struggle that has defined their lives.

James Sparshatt went to Cuba in 1999 and was so taken with the island and its people that he returned 15 times in the following 7 years. His images are largely of the music and dance and innate rhythm of the island but he also found himself drawn to an older generation that had been old enough to understand the revolution in 1959, that lived through 40 years of tumultuous and often difficult times and who now watch with some bemusement the return of the outside world in wave upon wave of tourists.

James Sparshatt’s photographs of the “Revolutionary” generation of Cubans capture their grit and indomitable spirit.

The work is available printed directly on to brushed aluminium, and on paper as silver gelatin or palladium platinum prints.
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