HIS CANDID CAMERA: In addition to some of the most breathtaking still life and island imagery captured by his incantatory photographic lens, Ray Chen will be remembered for his transporting book Jamaica: My 50 Years in Photography, which was launched at Devon House in March of last year. Chen, who lived to produce stunning and vivid images of our island culture as a career photographer, passed away in his adopted Canada on Feb. 7. He will be laid to rest following a memorial service at the Elgin Mills Centenary Chapel in Toronto this Saturday. Introducing his work to a wide audience via books was important to Chen, who also published Jamaica: The Land and the People (1984) and 1993’s Jamaica: The Beauty and Soul of the Land We Love. Chen is survived by his wife, Linette, their two adult children and four grandkids. “His legacy will be how much he worked throughout his career,” says Linette Chen, “to make sure he captured the true Jamaica.”
THIS MAN’S WORK: Junior Dowie won so many awards for photography from the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) that the body eventually named their Sports Photography trophy after him. That’s the kind of powerful impact Dowie had. The veteran cameraman, who headed The Gleaner Company’s photography department for several years, died earlier this week at the University Hospital after ailing for some time. Besides the multiple PAJ awards, Dowie was honored with numerous accolades throughout his 60-year career. Among the highlights: In 1992, the government of Jamaica made him a member of the Order of Distinction and in October 2005, the Institute of Jamaica presented him with a Silver Musgrave Medal for distinguished contribution to the arts in Jamaica. Funeral arrangements will be disclosed shortly. Dowie is survived by five children and two grandkids.