Need another reason to check out Beth Lesser’s reggae and dancehall photo exhibit, Reggae Or Not on the 2nd Floor Gallery?
How about knowing that Lesser’s book, Dancehall, was noted in The Sartorialist’s Reading List for it’s ability to
“capture the Jamaican Dancehall culture of the 1980s with the same level of sincerity and curiosity that Brassai exhibited while capturing Paris nightlife in the 1930s”.
Reggae Or Not is Beth’s first public photo exhibition documenting the reggae and dancehall scene in Toronto and Jamaica during the 70’s and 80’s, and is definitely not one to miss. Exhibition Hours: 2nd Floor Gallery until Feb 28, open 12-5pm daily.
For more Reggae Or Not related programming, check out the Panel Discussion on Sunday Feb. 17, or the Exhibition Tours and Film Screenings Sunday Feb. 10 and 24 here.
Beth Lesser is a Canadian photographer whose work has appeared on countless album and CD covers, in various books, magazines and movies and are considered rare artifacts of the reggae and dancehall era from the late 1970s and 1980s. Lesser is also a prolific writer, who has completed four books on 1980s dancehall including King Jammy’s, Dance Hall: The Rise of Dance Hall Culture, The Legend of Sugar Minott and Youth Promotion, and Rub-a-Dub Style: The Roots of Modern Dancehall.