2006-09-07 / Arts & Entertainment

Jamaican Lensman Exhibit At BPL

Gregg Richards
Gregg Richards Jamaica is known the world over for its Reggae music and achievements in the sport. However its Fine Arts - a side of Jamaica that is less discovered and often not showcased-will be highlighted this fall, when Jam-aican photographer Gregg Richards exhibits "Flat-bush Style" this month at the Brooklyn Public Li-brary's Caribbean Literary & Cultural Center Gal-lery.

To celebrate his achievement, Hamptonians New York and Caribbean Cultural Theater hosted a reception honoring the Jamaican photographer yesterday at A.R.T/New York, in Downtown Brooklyn. The evening's festivities included a display of images captured from the recent Nine Night, or traditional wake, held in honor of the late Jamaican folklorist and cultural Ambassador, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley.

"Flatbush Style," a month-long exhibition opened on September 5th, complements of "Life in Flatbush," which was at the Brooklyn Public Library last Sep-tember. This photographic compilation highlights the experiences of Caribbean immigrants living in the United States. "It is an offering, a look at us as we go about our daily lives, from another perspective other than the often-times superficial view presented by mass media," said Richards.

Richards, who hails from Jamaica emigrated to the United States in the late 1980's and it was while attending New York City Technical College, that he was introduced to the world of photography. It was at that time his interest was stimulated and evolved beyond a hobby into a passion.

His most recent works, which are in exhibition currently, documents the vibrancy of the Caribbean immigrant community, the infamous Flatbush. Rich-ards's first one-person installation ran for six weeks at the Grand Army Plaza Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

He is currently working on documenting the edgy and unique street style of Flatbush, one of New York City's major Caribbean melting pots.

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