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Jamaica in Black & White: Photography in Jamaica c.1845-c.1920 - The David Boxer Collection [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

David Boxer
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8 Mar 2013
The sixteen sequences in this remarkable book display the changing landscape and the built environments of Jamaica, the principal agricultural industries, and the Jamaican people. In the section titled Picturesque Jamaica, the ravishing beauty of the island captured by nineteenth-century practitioners is abundantly evident in breathtaking vistas of the famed tropical paradise, which Christopher Columbus described as the most beautiful island that has yet been seen. Jamaica's post-emancipation history is reflected in rare photographs of sites, personalities and events surrounding the so-called Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865, which form a significant sequence, as does the poignant penultimate section, which deals with the destruction of Kingston in the earthquake and fire that ravaged Jamaica s capital in 1907. The final sequence, which shows a new Kingston being rebuilt and developed, is a moving tribute to the resilience of the Jamaican people. This fascinating collection clearly demonstrates that historic photographs can be used as a sharp-edged historical tool, to analyse the evolution of what is now one of the most fascinatingly complex and vibrant societies in the world.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Caribbean (www.macmillan-caribbean.com) (8 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405098872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405098878
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Boxer, the Director Emeritus and veteran Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica, has, during the past thirty-five years, curated over a hundred exhibitions charting important aspects of Jamaican and Caribbean art history. Dr Boxer has always taken a keen interest in the history and development of photography. About twenty years ago he embarked on a thorough investigation of the use of photographic media in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Jamaica and began to put together a personal collection which forms the basis for this book. His principal essay in this volume, The Photographers: the Duperlys and their Contemporaries, is based on the pioneering study which he undertook for the catalogue of an exhibition to mark the centenary of the birth of Adolphe Duperly, Jamaica s first photographer, which he curated for the National Gallery of Jamaica in 2001. Dr Boxer is now engaged in assembling a collection of twentieth-century Jamaican photography. Edward Lucie-Smith is an internationally renowned art critic and historian with more than a hundred books to his name. He has acted as curator for many exhibitions and lectured extensively all over the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaican History 16 May 2013
By Natalie
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This is a great book for anyone who is interested in their Jamaican history. It shows you pictures of Jamaican life back in the 1800, right up until 1920. There is also a write up in there too. Its just a shame that black people had to live a the life they lived back then.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful pictorial history 17 Feb 2014
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This is a fantastic history through photographs of the beautiful island of Jamaica. I discovered a whole chapter on my own ancestors and while Mr Boxer has not managed to get all the dates strictly accurate, they are close enough and probably only matter to our family. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Jamaican history
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 24 Dec 2013
By Wife - Published on Amazon.com
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Sincere gratitude to David Boxer for sharing rare historical photographs of Jamaica. It is very hard to find photographs of what Jamaica's environment use to look like from 1850-1960. Who knew Downtown Kingston was once clean and beautiful. I hope one day David and Edward create a photography book on a Then and Now on Jamaica.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 25 Mar 2014
By CES - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled w/ stunning pictures of a begone era in jamaica. For anyone who wants to look at Jamaica's past & heritage this is a must. I gave it to a friend who was overjoyed & is sharing it w// her family & friends. Well worth the price!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Jamaica history , must buy 13 Mar 2014
By phill - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good collectors item , carries a brilliant history of what Jamaica was like . Helps you identify with your roots if you are jamaican
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your library collection 10 Oct 2013
By Nerry - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. It was very informative. My family enjoyed it tremendously, both the young and the old. I will be purchasing more for gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 28 Jan 2014
By SKG - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a perfect book! I would recommend it to anyone. Wonderful photos and info. I'll probably buy more to give as gifts.
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