Pictures From Paradise: A new book featuring Caribbean emerging photographers

The cosy bookstore Bookophilia, located in Kingston, Jamaica provided the ideal location for the launch of the book 'Pictures From Paradise' on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The book features works of photographers from around the Caribbean and introduces inspiring emerging talent. The evening consisted of great discussion, the signing of books and mingling.

'Pictures From Paradise' captures everyday Caribbean life. Published by Robert & Christopher Publishers, a publishing house in Trinidad & Tobago, the art book is edited by Melaine Archerand Mariel Brown and features a critical essay by O’Neil Lawrence, assistant curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica, 230 images from 18 artists. The book artists are: Gerard Gaskin, Abigail Hadeed, Alex Smailes, Rodell Warner, EwanAtkinson, Marvin Bartley, Terry Boddie, Holly Bynoe, James Cooper, Renee Cox, Gerard Hanson, Nadia Huggins, Marlon James, Roshini Kempadoo, O’Neil Lawrence, Ebony Patterson, Radcliffe Roye and Stacey Tyrell and are either based in the Caribbean or have ties to the region.

Perhaps what’s most refreshing about 'Pictures From Paradise' is the welcomed departure from the contrived idyllic images of Caribbean landscape that often bombard tourism billboards and commercials.The techniques employed by the photographers engage the reader's many senses and forces us to rethink what is "Caribbean".

 Pics from the event:


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