Luis Bustamante’s Photographs of Hull in the 1970s

British Culture Archive

Luis Bustamante’s photographs of Hull in the 1970s provide a unique opportunity to look at the city in a long gone past. Familiar places and faces that provide and insight into the character of this port city in East Yorkshire.

Photo of Bus Stop. Hull, 1970s by Luis Bustamante
An orderly queue at the Bus Stop. Photo © Luis Bustamante.

Political Refugee

Arriving in the UK as a political refugee from Chile on Christmas Eve, 1974 – Luis was one of thirty Chileans who were welcomed by the city after fleeing government oppression in his home country. After studying at Hull University Luis worked in photography education in London and Bristol. He has carried out documentary work throughout Britain and his native South America. 

Photo of Shoppers in Hull
Shoppers in Hull, 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.

Arriving in Hull

On arriving in Hull, Luis recalls “When you land in a new place you can’t read the codes and connections with the social environment are challenging to say the least. At Hull University there was a setting that provided a soft landing. Slowly, we started to find our own space again and then, it is as if the place handed back the responsibility for what you intend to do. This is hard work and you get it wrong lots of the time.”

Pearson Park Hull 1970s
Teenagers hang out in Pearson Park, 1976. Photo © Luis Bustamante.

These extraordinary photographs of everyday life in Hull allow us to glimpse into a past that seems long out of reach from the faced paced society we live in today.

Gallery

Photo of Hessle Road Hull 1970s
Window shopping on Hessle Road. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photos of Ladies shopping in Hull 1970s
Ladies chatting whilst out shopping. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo Booth, Hull 1970s.
Photo Booth outside Paragon Station. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of Fletchers Fountain, Hull 1970s
Having a chat at Fletchers Fountain. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of shoppers in Boyes Hull 1970s
Shoppers in Boyes. Hull 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of a Child outside a shop in Hull 1970s
Child outside a shop in Hull 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Hull in the 1970s by Luis Bustamante
Children eye up the latest radios. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Boy with tambourine Hull 1970s
A young boy with tambourine. Hull 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of J. Irwin Fish & Chips. Hull 1970s.
J. Irwin Fish & Chips. Hull 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of Drinkers in The Kingston, Hull 1970s
Drinkers in The Kingston, Hull 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of The Wassand Arms, Hull 1970s
The Wassand Arms, Hull 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of a Horse and car in Hull 1970s
Hull, 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Photo of a Boy on the wall in Hull, 1970s by Luis Bustamante
Boy on the wall. Hull, 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.
Print of White Phone Boxes in Hull, 1970s.
Phone Boxes. Hull, 1970s. Photo © Luis Bustamante.

All images © Luis Bustamante, all rights reserved. 

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Books

Amongst his published works are two books (and two more in preparation) one on British life for Café Royal Books, and the 2003 anti-war demonstrations in Britain. 

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