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Making Jamaica explores how a new image of Jamaica was created through photography in the late nineteenth century.
More than 70 historical photographs, lantern slides and stereocards reveal the carefully constructed representation of this transitional period in Jamaica’s history.
For first time, its people are depicted as an industrious nation post-emancipation, and their surroundings as a desirable tourist destination and tropical commodity.
The archive images in Making Jamaica are exhibited courtesy of the Caribbean Photo Archive, a private collection based in New York and owned by Patrick Montgomery.
Banner images: 1) Crossing a River, Jamaica, James Valentine & Sons, 1891. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive. 2) Jamaica Boys. Brown & Dawson, c. 1890. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive 3) Making Jamaica gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell.
Page images: 1) Newly commissioned work by Ingrid Pollard [detail], 2016. From the Caribbean Photo Archive. 2) Coconut Palms [detail], Kingston Harbour. J.W. Cleary, c. 1891. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive.