Exhibition opening
Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s

Thur 23 February, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Autograph ABP

London, UK

Free event

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 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.

These archival images are exhibited in London for the first time courtesy the Caribbean Photo Archive, alongside a new commission by contemporary artist Ingrid Pollard.

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About our openings

Our exhibition openings are very popular, and we ask visitors to RSVP beforehand to help manage numbers.

The opening is is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time. There may be a queue to enter the building or gallery during busy openings. This is to ensure the safety of visitors and the artwork. The queue often moves quickly, and we appreciate your patience.

Address and directions

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place

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The main entrance is on the side of the building.

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Rivington Place is fully accessible, with step-free access to all areas of the building. 

Supported by

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.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

  • Crossing a River, Jamaica, James Valentine & Sons, 1891. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive
  • Woman Smoking Pipe, Jamaica, Douglas Cornhill, n.d.