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Edward Yanowitz 
Junkanoo #1 
1979 (ca) 
  
Kodachrome slide 
Provided by the artist - Edward Yanowitz 
 
LL/19432 
  
This image was used on a postage stamp for the Bahamas in 1979.
 
"It takes place once a year on two nights, Boxing day (26 Dec.) and New Years morning. It starts at 3 or 4 in the morning until about 8am. Groups called "gangs" compete against each other for the best costume designs and rhythm sounds, there are hundreds of people dancing around, playing on goat skin drums, beating cow bells together, whistles and various instruments. It's a very powerful sound. When I photographed it during the seventies there were very few street lights so it was in complete darkness. I had to wait for the slides to come back just to see if I got anything, and if you discovered something in your work, you had to wait another year before you could utilize it the next time." (Edward Yanowitz, May 2007) 
 

 
  
 
  
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