Known as one of the most influential photographers of street culture in the new millennium, Boogie emerges once again to spark our curiosity and narrate authentic stories in his own raw style. A Wah Do Dem, Boogie’s sixth monograph, and his first one in color, takes us far away from the familiarity of the West, and throws us into the noisy and cryptic underbelly of Kingston, Jamaica. Through his pictures, Boogie illustrates both the madness and humanity of a complex place, where poverty, violence and crime are often dominant elements of daily life. He relies on his instincts to gain the trust of people who live on the edge of society, and to photograph their world in an honest and objective way. “I was waiting in a back alley, all the way down the lane, in one of the sketchiest neighborhoods in Kingston. It was pitch dark, and it felt like I had been waiting forever. At some point, a guy wearing a creepy horror movie mask and carrying an M-16 appeared from the dark,”Boogie writes in his introductory text, “Even though I was brought there by a friend of a friend, I was really nervous, you never know when things might turn ugly. After a brief introduction, I started taking pictures of the guy, roll after roll, I couldn’t stop. It was the last night of my first trip to Kingston, Jamaica, and at that moment I knew I had to come back again very soon.”
One of the great documentary photographers that we know, Boogie, just stepped out to Kingston, Jamaica for a new series of photos. When you think of Jamaica, I think we all are guilty of misconceptions, and these photos at times get to the heart of some disturbing, but realistic, situations in Jamaica. Some are beautiful, some are arresting, but Boogie always documents in equal measure.
Usugrow will be opening his first solo show in Mexico City tonight, October 29th, at FIFTY24MX Gallery, with “DAY OF INK” a collection of new drawings, prints, and an installation inspired by the Mexican celebration of the “Day of the Dead.” The exhibition will be open till December 9th, 2010
Our friends at FIFTY24MX Gallery sent us pictures of the show prep, as well as Usugrow´s visit to “Mercado de Jamaica,” a traditional flower and Mexican crafts that is famous for its offer especially in the Mexican “Day of the Dead” celebration.
This looks about right. Minus the oil spill that will affect the Caribbean Sea at some point, we would like to head out to Negril, Jamaica and stay at The Rockhouse. GQ has a really good travel on a budget guide up right now, and they recommend places in Iceland, Northern California, Portland, Santa Fe, Colombia, Vancouver Island, and Mexico among others. But Jamaica sounds good.