Incredible Photos of Jamaica in the 1890s

Making Jamaica is an exhibition that explores the ‘new image’ of the country created through photography in the late nineteenth century.

More than 70 historical photographs, lantern slides and stereo cards reveal the “carefully constructed representation of this transitional period in Jamaica’s history. For the first time, its people are depicted as an industrious nation post-emancipation, and their surroundings as a desirable tourist destination and tropical commodity.

“These photographs present an intriguing vision of the ‘unspoiled beauty’ of one of the Caribbean’s major islands during a period of economic and social change, and illustrate the efforts of its local ruling white mercantile elite to bring the island’s valuable resources to the attention of the wider world.”

Gordon Town, Jamaica. James Valentine & Sons, 1891. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive / Autograph ABP

Jamaica Boys. Brown & Dawson, c. 1890. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive / Autograph ABP

 

Father Purcell & Converts, Jamaica. Unknown photographer, c. 1890. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive / Autograph ABP

Crossing a River, Jamaica. James Valentine & Sons, 1891. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive / Autograph ABP

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