Art Exhibition: Ken Ramsay Retrospective—Dare to Dream

Ken-RamsayThe Mutual Gallery and Art Centre presents a retrospective of photojournalist Ken Ramsay, “Dare to Dream.” “Dare to Dream”—also the title of his retrospective book, published in 1994—opens on June 6, 2013. The Mutual Gallery is located at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica.

Considered one of Jamaica’s greatest photographers, Ramsay (known for his signature riding boots and scarf) studied photography at Harrow College, London, and Germain School of Photography in New York in the 1960s, after which he worked for a short time with New York fashion photographer Peter Basch. He returned to Jamaica in 1969, and the following year concentrated his efforts on classic black and white photography, earning international fame with his creations, among them “The Head.”

In the 80s, he worked with Pulse model agency and eventually in 1994 published his first book, Dare to Dream (with co-publisher Verlag Rombach of Freiburg, Germany). In 1997, Ramsay published his second book, The Dream Lives On, a series of black and white photographs of late Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley. Between 1999 and 2000 he started working on a series of black and white photographs featuring Jamaica’s ethnic diversity.

He died on Friday March 28, 2008.

Image above: Ken Ramsay’s “The Head” (Susan Taylor Taubman Museum of Art; see

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