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By Krista A. Thompson

ISBN-10: 0822337517

ISBN-13: 9780822337515

ISBN-10: 0822337649

ISBN-13: 9780822337645

Images of Jamaica and the Bahamas as tropical paradises packed with palm bushes, white sandy shorelines, and alluring hot water look undying. strangely, the origins of these pictures will be traced again to the roots of the islands’ tourism within the Eighties. As Krista A. Thompson explains, within the past due 19th century, tourism promoters, sponsored through British colonial directors, started to industry Jamaica and the Bahamas as picturesque “tropical” paradises. They employed photographers and artists to create conscientiously crafted representations, which then circulated the world over through postcards and illustrated publications and lectures.

Illustrated with multiple hundred photos, together with many in colour, An Eye for the Tropics is a nuanced review of the aesthetics of the “tropicalizing pictures” and their results on Jamaica and the Bahamas. Thompson describes how representations created to undertaking a picture to the skin global altered way of life at the islands. Hoteliers imported tropical vegetation to make the islands glance extra just like the photos. Many widespread tourist-oriented areas, together with motels and recognized seashores, turned off-limits to the islands’ black populations, who have been inspired to behave just like the disciplined, unswerving colonial matters depicted within the pictures.

Analyzing the paintings of particular photographers and artists who created tropical representations of Jamaica and the Bahamas among the Eighties and the Thirties, Thompson exhibits how their photographs fluctuate from the English picturesque panorama culture. Turning to the current, she examines how tropicalizing photos are deconstructed in works via modern artists—including Christopher Cozier, David Bailey, and Irénée Shaw—at an identical time that they continue to be a staple of postcolonial governments’ energetic efforts to draw tourists.

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