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.
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.
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.”
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.
All images © Luis Bustamante, all rights reserved.