Ray Chen’s “Jamaica – My 50 years in Photographs”
I had the privilege of being apart of the launch, of noted photographer Ray Chen’s most recent book, “Jamaica – My 50 years in Photographs”.
The book is filled with beautiful images of Jamaican culture and shows the growth of the country, all documented by Mr. Chen. This is a final passion project for him, as he moved from Canada and relinquished his career as a successful commercial photographer, publishing over 10 books about Jamaica throughout the years.
I met Mr Chen about 4 years ago and he has become a mentor and close friend. He often refers to me as a daughter and star on the rise :o)
The book officially launched on March 18th at the Grog Shoppe at Devon House. On Wednesday, March 17th, Mr. Chen had the pleasure of presenting his book to Governor-General, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Linton Allen at Kings House. Alongside Mr. Chen was the love of his life, wife Lyn Chen. It was an over joyous moment for both of them.
Jamaica – My 50 years in Photographs can be purchased at the following locations:
Liguanea Drug & Garden
Liguanea Lane Pharmacy
Monarch Pharmacy, Barbican
Olympia Gallery & The Art Centre
Manor Park Pharmacy
The Jamaica Pegasus Giftshop
Remember me from Montreal, Canada.
We used to compete for shoots. I’m in New York City now since 1982. You’re looking great and all the best on your Jamaica Book.
“The project took about two-and-a-half years and it represents the people and events that are important to me,” said Chen. “It was a bit tough but I had a lot of fun. This represents the most complete photographic portrayal of Jamaica and is dedicated to the people of Jamaica.”
What is the cost of the book?
Growing up, I’ve always noticed and admired his work. I also admired the subtle coincidences that his (and other artist’s) work appeared in boardrooms, calendars, and institutions like banks.