Pictures commissioned by a historic Dundee card factory will form part of a new exhibition exploring links between Jamaica and Scotland.
Moving Jamaica: Scottish-Caribbean Connections and Local-Global Journeys contrasts photographs of the country taken by Valentine & Sons in the 19th Century with those taken by contemporary photographers.
The show features a large selection of images snapped in 1891 by photographers working for Valentines, the iconic greetings card factory based on the Kingsway.
Established in 1825 by John Valentine, the company grew to become a world-leading photographic company, sending employees around the world to snap idyllic images of exotic holiday destinations to sell as postcards.
The black and white pictures of Jamaican life at the turn of the century are in stark contrast to the vivid colour images taken by modern day photographers Varun Baker, from Jamaica, and Stephen McLaren, of Scotland, which form the other half of the exhibition.
The display opened on Saturday, October 20 at the University of Dundee’s Lamb Gallery, as part of the its Festival of the Future.
Dr Susan Mains, a lecturer in geography at the university and curator of the exhibition, said: “I first saw the Valentine & Sons photographs in 2008 when I was working at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.
“When I returned to Dundee in 2011 I realised how amazing the connection was.
“Valentine & Sons was one of the world’s largest photographic companies and sent photographers around the world to create images for postcards.
“It’s fascinating to contrast their views of Jamaica with those of today.
“The company was so important in providing tourist destinations. We think of tourism as a recent thing but there’s a historical context to that.
“I wanted to show that Jamaica is a very diverse place and there are links across the Atlantic to Scotland.
“Scotland has had an influence on Jamaica and, in turn, Jamaica has had an influence on Scotland.
“Photographs provide a map to frame how we understand the world.
“We want to create a conversation between people living in Scotland and Jamaica.
“There is a complicated relationship because some plantation owners were Scottish and, for a long time, there wasn’t a lot of public discussion about that.
“When I was at school I never learned about Scotland’s involvement in the slave trade – it’s sort of cultural amnesia.”
Susan said that while the Valentine & Sons images had played an important role in promoting tourist destinations, they contrasted sharply with the pictures of Scottish photographer Stephen.
She added: “His series, Jamaica – A Sweet Forgetting, unearths the often hidden, but interwoven, legacies of slavery in Jamaica and Scotland.”
Meanwhile, Jamaican photographer Varun’s work provides a personal tour through the current urban island landscapes of the country.
The exhibition will run until Saturday January 19.