Forthcoming Book—“High Mas: Carnival and the Poetics of Caribbean Photography”


Kevin Adonis Browne’s new book, High Mas: Carnival and the Poetics of Caribbean Photography, is forthcoming from University Press of Mississippi in 2018. The book features images of Steffano Orlando Marcano, Tracey Sankar-Charleau, Desiree Ann Gonzales, Jay Jay Gonzales, Fabrice Barker, Jabari Ayinde Taitt, Keon Eccles, Orlando Hunter, and Brittany L. Williams, among others. [I am so looking forward to its publication.]  Dr. Browne is also author of Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture and the Anglophone Caribbean (2013).

In “The ‘deep limer’ of St Joseph,” a review of Browne’s work, Shereen Ali (Trinidad and Tobago Guardian) describes the new book:

The photos in this new book can be beautiful, reflective, and unex­pected. Often the subjects are still, staring back at you. Photographed between 2014 and 2016, the book features the Blue Devils of Paramin, the La Diablesse interpreted by Tracey Sankar-Char­leau, and Moko Jumbies from the South. [. . .] The new book project is inspired by T&T mas traditions; Browne’s personal encounters with individual mas players; and Browne’s reflec­tions on aspects of his own life and society—including the possibility of his own physical blindness since he was diagnosed with glaucoma in 2007.

What is it that inspires Kevin Browne?

“I am driven by things. Spirits. Histories,” he says; and elsewhere, he has commented: “I am driven by the sublime dynamics of vernacular life—the everyday.”

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