Latins in London - The Photographs of Julio Etchart
Julio has been documenting the social and cultural life of the London Latin American community throughout his career, and has edited an impressive set of images that span a period of thirty years, from the early 1980s till the present day.Here he guides us through his recently exhibited work - Latins in London.
The Tango Salon
I took this set of old fashion tango pictures for the promoters of the Bloomsbury dance rooms, a lovely venue with 1920s feeling. I used a set of lights add extra depth to the scene.
Funeral in black and white
Los Van van playing at the old Hammersmith Palais
What a great, hot crowd greeting this legendary Cuban salsa band!. But the event is also significant because it was the last gig at the venerable old Hammersmith Palais, probably one of London's most charming clubs, before developers closed it down.
Salsa class in Black and white
This is the first salsa class in London in the late 1980s, run by Xiomara in Islington. A steady flow of Colombian immigrants made salsa popular among Londoners.
I was covering the start of the 2010 World Cup at Trafalgar Sq. and there was a fantastic atmosphere. Two fun-loving nations: Mexico vs South Africa represented by their vibrant London diaspora. I picked this one of the Mexican lady blowing the vuvuzela as the best of the lot.
You may see more samples of Julio’s work and purchase prints from the exhibition by visiting his website: