Ten years after his internationally acclaimed collection of photographic art turned coffee table book “Pieces of Jamaica®: The Real Rock Edition”, photographer David I. Muir publishes a second volume. The 2022 edition of “Pieces of Jamaica®” commemorates the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence and will offer a stunning depiction of Jamaican culture, which is not usually published or celebrated, in a visual narrative of the beauty of Jamaica. The book and related products will be available for pre-order in April at piecesofjamaica.com, with distribution starting in the summer.
Photographer and artist Sean Henry joined Muir in capturing evocative images of the land they love. The two recently completed a project to capture visitor-facing imagery for Jamaica Tourist Board campaigns.
The new collection of photographic art is intended to satisfy the appetites of Jamaicans in the diaspora, fans of the island and residents who revere their home. In ‘Pieces of Jamaica®’, over 150 pages of new images tell the story of the island, its culture, people, landscapes, traditions and more. The book will feature both familiar and little-known areas that invite foreign readers to visit and encourage those on the island to explore. Throughout the book, national prose, quotes from Jamaican thought leaders and influencers, and the artists’ own words will be featured.
Sean Henry (left) and David I. Muir at White Hall, St. Elizabeth
David I. Muir is an entrepreneur and community leader whose particular love for candid, cultural and lifestyle photography is a hallmark of his art collections. His photographs have been exhibited in exhibitions at home and abroad. Additionally, he is an in-demand commercial photographer working from his base in South Florida. As president of Island Syndicate, a multi-award-winning publishing house dedicated to excellence in storytelling, Muir is poised to create the quintessential Jamaican photo collection. “I wanted to celebrate Jamaica because I love it,” Muir said. “I wanted to extol the virtues of Jamaica because I had left it, and I wanted others to know how wonderful Jamaica is. People have expressed how my images relate to them and how much they I don’t necessarily consider myself the best photographer, but I certainly feel like what I’m sharing about Jamaica feels like the truth.
Sean Henry will contribute photos as well as artwork to the print collection. He is best known for his realistic illustrations of Jamaican landscapes, culture and portraits in watercolour, pastel, ink, charcoal and mixed media. A graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, he founded the screen printing and graphic design house IYA Limited which he has operated since 1988. ‘ as handsome. I also want to showcase my skills as a photographer as I am mainly known as an artist and painter,” he said. “The artwork I will include will bring a different element to the project. Some of the places we capture, for some, are no longer in their glory days. My watercolors will show the beauty they still have today, in another form of art.
“Pieces of Jamaica®” will be published by Island Syndicate, which David runs with his business partner, Calibe Thompson. The creative services agency brings storytelling excellence to photography, video and print publishing projects for discerning clients in the United States, and now works with clients in the Caribbean.
Select images from the 2022 edition of “Pieces of Jamaica®” will also be available as paper and canvas prints, and on commemorative keepsakes like notebooks, apparel and backpacks. Fans interested in the project can join the mailing list for updates and learn more about the book, merchandise, upcoming events and sponsorship opportunities at piecesofjamaica.com.