It was in 2007 that Yusuke Miyagawa’s Funky Jamaica first came out, but we were only just starting up then, so excuse us for missing it. In the intervening seven years the Brooklyn-based, Japanese photographer has become a regular at Dazed and Confused and INDIE, repeatedly commissioned for his beautifully up-close-and-personal style of documentary photography in which he consistently confronts his subjects head on. That said, we’ve yet to see him produce a body of work as cohesive as his Jamaican masterpiece.
In it Yusuke presents a coherent portrait of the Caribbean’s most famous island, documenting the lives of its inhabitants as they progress from enjoying leisurely days in the sunshine to indulging in some serious night-time antics in clubs and out on the streets. Aside from confirming what we’ve always suspected about Jamaica’s nightlife, Yusuke does a terrific job of documenting the island away from the musical hype with which it is eternally associated.