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Pieces Of JamaicaPublished Jul 7, 2012
The highly anticipated coffee table book, “Pieces of Jamaica, The Real Rock Edition,” from fine art photographer David I. Muir, is garnering much attention both in Jamaica and the Diaspora.
Muir, who has just returned from a whirlwind pre-publication book tour in Jamaica, is excited about the interest and accolades his pieces have received and the enthusiasm surrounding the publication of this, his first book of photographs.
While in Jamaica, Muir exhibited a number of photographs from his popular “Pieces of Jamaica” collection at the Bolivar and Grosvenor art galleries in Kingston as part of the annual Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) -- a weeklong art exhibition. According to Muir, “People are intrigued by both the work and the media it is displayed on, especially the tiled pieces. They are excited to see the mirror effect of the pieces, which show the real Jamaica, beyond the scenery.”
Muir also had the opportunity to present his work and discuss the book in interviews on national features for TV and print media, including TVJ's Smile Jamaica and CVM's Jamaica Beat, as well as on iVU TV's WKNDR and Your Money eZine.
“Any apprehension I had about how my work would be received has dissipated,” the fine art photographer said. “People are enjoying the work with a sense of pride and are excited about seeing the book, which is currently being published and will be released in early August, just in time to coincide with Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence and the London 2012 Olympics.”
High off his Jamaica pre-publication tour, Muir returned to Florida to more accolades including being recognized as one of the 100 most accomplished Caribbean-Americans of South Florida by ICABA and was able to showcase the book during a Literature Presentation for the Venetian Arts Society at the ArtServe Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.
In “Pieces of Jamaica, The Real Rock Edition” Muir celebrates authentic Jamaica in gripping photographs accompanied by stirring captions by writer, poet and journalist, Sonia Morgan. She uses prose, poetry and patios to capture the essence of the photos and add intrigue to the book.
Accomplished British-Jamaican author, Leone Ross wrote a candid Foreword and the book has already received numerous accolades from top experts of Jamaican art and culture including Karl 'Jerry' Craig, Dr. Susan Davis and Dr. Garth A. Rose. “Pieces of Jamaica” also received praises from renowned artists such as Grammy winner Sean Paul and Rory of Stone Love.
The book, which Muir dedicated to his wife Ghenete Wright Muir, deftly presents Jamaica in a fresh, authentic way -- sidestepping the typical and capturing the everyday aspects of Jamaican life and the spirit of the people that make the country so diverse and beautiful.
“Pieces of Jamaica, The Real Rock Edition” will intrigue, inspire nostalgia and show Jamaica unedited and uncut to be enjoyed by Jamaicans living at home or abroad and friends and lovers of Jamaica and its culture.