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Awakening Jamaica, Photographs by Valentine & Sons, 1891

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Awakening Jamaica, Photographs by Valentine & Sons, 1891

Time: August 10, 2015 to November 1, 2015
Location: HistoryMiami
Street: 101 West Flagler Street
City/Town: Miami, Florida 33130
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Phone: 305-375-1492
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Patrick Montgomery
Latest Activity: Aug 31, 2015

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Event Description

In 1891, Jamaica’s economy was in the doldrums. In response, a group of Jamaican businessmen hired the studio of Valentine & Sons of Dundee, Scotland to create a photographic portrait of the island as a commercial and tourist paradise. Valentine & Sons, in business since 1851, was a prominent maker of landscape photographs and travel views. The studio produced 116 large format photographs, displayed to great acclaim at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and distributed at the Fair in the book World’s Fair, Jamaica at Chicago, An Account Descriptive of the Colony of Jamaica. These photographs would effectively introduce the country of Jamaica to the rest of the world as a peaceful island filled with natural beauty. This exhibition features more than 50 of these prints. Visitors will learn about the creation and impact of the images, featuring urban and rural views of the island in the late 19th century. Also on display will be archival items related to the studio of Valentine & Sons and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

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Comment by Peter van de Kamp on August 31, 2015 at 9:07

Is there a catalogue?

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