New York, Feb. 17: Clyde Jones, an EVERYBODY’S Magazine photographer, has released the 2nd edition of his picturesque book, The Man and His Camera. The book was launched a few weeks ago in Mr. Jones beloved nation, Barbados, and in New York last Friday.
Not even frigid New York where frequent snowfalls turned into solid ice stopped Mr. Jones colleagues from attending the launch at the Barbados Consulate. Introducing Clyde Jones was his longtime friend Ambassador Joseph Goddard.
The Man and His Camera is a collection of photographs that Jones took for over forty years. Forty years is a longtime. It makes The Man and His Camera a history book that presents a sweet slice of the history of the Caribbean in photos during the last four decades .
The book has 184 pages with nearly 400 memorable pictures.
As Mr. Jones remarked at the New York launch, “I have visited many places from Rome to South Korea but regardless to how beautiful they are, I always look forward to get back to my home, Barbados.” It is not surprising, therefore, that The Man and His Camera captures the history of Barbados and Barbadians residing in the Caribbean diaspora.
November 30, 1966, was one of the most important days in Barbados history; the colony achieved independence after hundreds of years as a British possession. Clyde Jones shares a photo of Errol Barrow in formal attire on the nation’s first Independence Day clutching what seems to be a package of the constitution. The first Prime Minister, Errol Barrow, may have been leaving the new Parliament with the sacred documents.
The photos of prime ministers reveal Barbados only had seven since independence. Of the seven prime ministers, three died in office of natural cause.
Jones also includes the prime ministers wives.
On the Barbadian-American side, Jones presents the heads of many Barbadian-American organizations since independence and portraits of consuls general who served in New York.
Jones shares his collection of the visit of President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan in 1982 and also the visit of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Jones could not be a true Barbadian if he did not capture the achievements of Barbadian cricketers who excelled for West Indies Test teams and the contribution of fans in Barbados and New York. There’s a picture of the legend Sir Garfield Sobers and his Australian wife.
The award winning photojournalists who also won a regional award from the Caribbean Tourism Organization for a collection of tourism oriented photos in EVERYBODY’S magazine leaves “no stone unturned.” Barbadian artists from the Merrymen of yesteryear to today’s Red Plastic Bag are included.
Needless to say visits of Queen Elizabeth II and a Concorde Plane permanently on display at Sir Grantley Adams International Airport are in the book.
True, The Man and His Camera mainly focuses on Barbados life and times but it is a book that any progressive Caribbean person would want to acquire for his or her collection.
The Man and His Camera by Clyde Jones is available in Barbados at Cave Sheppard.
In New York from CJ Media Communications, 1206 Bergen St., Suite 3G-C, Brooklyn, NY 11213. Price $30
By Mail Order in the U.S., from EVERYBODY’S Magazine, www.everybodysmag.com. ($30 + $10 for S/H)