From Library Journal
The title here refers to a personal greeting used by Rastafarians who inhabit isolated areas of the mountains of Jamaica. Photographer Cariou (Surfers) was able to gain access to these communities, share their daily living, earn their trust, and photograph them. In his brief introduction, Henzell, a Jamaican-born filmmaker and author, depicts the Rastafarian culture as a spiritual society living simply, independently, and in harmony with the natural environment. While they contemplate their good life, Rastafarians reject "Babylon," a name they use for the industrialized world of environmental pollution and materialism. The book includes more than 100 black-and-white pictures, mostly close-up portraits of stern, mystical-looking, at times noble men within a tropical landscape. There is only an occasional glimpse of women and children, and out of respect for the subjects' privacy, captions have been omitted. This initial investigation of a people apart is recommended for large institutions and wherever there is an interest in Caribbean culture. Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
With a penchant for adventure, it is no wonder photographer Patrick Cariou
—whose first book, Surfers
, drew tidal waves of praise—journeyed to Jamaica, a land that he calls "pure madness, and one of the most dangerous places on earth that is not at war." There, he entered the secluded world of the Rastafarians, a world, culture, and religion closed to outsiders. Cariou slowly gained their trust, and they began to let him take their picture.