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This is my book project of black and white street photography from Kingston, Jamaica.

I’ve been photographing in Jamaica for around 25 years now, almost exclusively in black and white. Jamaica is such a beautiful place to shoot for all the obvious reasons, lush tropical mountains and rain forests, the waterfalls and beaches and of course the people. There is so much beauty on a tiny (small) island. Most of my past work has been documenting the islands legendary reggae music industry. Those images have appeared in magazines, books, and films, CD covers and in my book Reggae Island.

While shooting mostly musicians and entertainers I was also always shooting in the streets and ghettos of Kingston. I always tried to take the traditional approach to black and white work concentrating on the rich shadows and textures that were created by the blazing tropical sun.

  Always while walking the streets someone would always approach me to see what I doing. In my camera bag in a folder I carried around half a dozen or so 8x10 black and white prints to show people the kind of work I was doing. Everyone was interested but more curious as to why I would shoot black and white photos in Jamaica, since “Jamaica such a colorful place.” After showing them the photos they would just smile lok at me and say to me, “di real Jamaica dat”. It’s one of the same reasons I chose to work in black and white as well over all these years; to me it captures the “real” Jamaica as I see it.

 During the years working in Jamaica I’ve amassed a collection of more than 30,000, mostly in black and white, 95% of which have never been seen.

Most of my previous work has been for the reggae music and entertainment industry, but for this project it would be highlighting my street photography. Photography of the people and places I encountered on a daily basis on the streets and ghettos of Kingston. I will be self-publishing a medium format (8x10) book and these images would reflect a more traditional approach to black and white photography of Jamaica.

 The photos would highlight the shadows and textures of Kingston as well as it’s people. I would like to print the book with the first thirty copies being a be signed and numbered limited edition that will come with an original signed and numbered 8x10  museum quality print from the book. The funds raised here will go towards the scanning of images, the printing of the book and the 8x10 and other reward prints as well as postage. I think this would make up a great visual diary direct from the streets of Kingston Jamaica something not everyone gets to see. My time spent in Kingston has been an incredible experience that I would like to share with others through my photography. I hope you all will find this project interesting and I’m looking forward to your support.

Thank you very much,

Brian Jahn

More of my Jamaica photos can be seen on my blog about Jamaican music and culture: http://blessingsallover.wordpress.com/

International backers please ad $10 for shipping.

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    For $25 you will receive a copy of the jazz CD Earth Tones, a music project I did. The CD features three legendary guitarists. Jamaican guitar legends Ernest Ranglin and Earl"Chinna"Smith and from the US, 8-string jazz guitar innovator Charlie Hunter. The CD also features, from the Saturday Night Live Band, drummer Sean Pelton, and from Weather Report, percussionist Manolo Badrena. The music is a combination of jazz and reggae and includes classic reggae songs like Peter Tosh's "One Foundation" and The Heptones "Iv'e Got The Handle" and more. The CD got a great review in Jazz Times magazine when it came out. Included also a postcard and thank you on my blog page.

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    You will receive a portfolio of 10, 11x14 museum quality prints from the book and a signed (non-edition) of the book as well as a copy of the jazz CD and a personal thanks by phone as well as an extra-special thanks on the blog page.

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