JAMES SPARSHATT is a photographer from London, EN; his work dramatically captures the vibrancy and emotional intensity of life. Many of his images are of the music and dance of the Latin world, the flamenco of Spain, tango from Argentina, salsa from the streets of Havana. Others capture the energy of youth, when the crashing waves on a beach at sunset or the aftermath of a snowstorm are grasped as opportunities to experience life at its most exhilarating. They are never staged, only interpretations and impressions of a real moment. The balance between capturing the movement and maintaining the integrity of the activity is key. There is no digital manipulation of the images or the colours, just a slow shutter speed and finding the perfect light.
His colour images are full of movement and life, his black and white of emotion. He has been exhibited in New York, San Antonio, Dublin, London, 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’ first book, Cuba Land of Spirit, was published in October 2006. A selection of his images are also now being produced as palladium platinum prints by specialist platinum printers Paul and Max Caffell of 31 Studio. 31 Studio also works closely with the Henri Lartigue estate and Sebastião Salgado.
James 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 in 2010.