'Now and Then' returns by popular demand

 

Dec. 9 

Members Christmas Party, Christmas Artisan Fair, and late night opening with a talk by photographer Courtney Platt. 

 

Dec. 17 

The Cayman Islands National Archive will host a lunchtime lecture series where representatives will speak about the historical collections related to the exhibition. 

 

For more details on exhibition events, contact the NGCI on 945-8111 or visit nationalgallery.org.ky. 

The public has spoken and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands has responded: For the third time, the gallery will put on the exhibit “Now and Then,” which features photographs from the Cayman Islands National Archive and the Pinnacle Media Ltd. Steinmtz Collection, which includes images from 1950 by world-renowned commercial photographer Joseph Janney Steinmetz. 

These archived images have been skillfully replicated and then digitally merged by local photographer Courtney Platt, blending the past and present into one striking image. 

Natalie Urquhart, NGCI director, said the exhibition features a very moving collection that resonates with a wide audience.  

“The images literally provide a window into Cayman’s history from the very same vistas in the 21st century that we are all familiar with,” Urquhart said. “It’s fascinating to see how much has changed in just a few decades. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to talk about Cayman’s traditional heritage with the younger generation.” 

The director added that the exhibition attracted record visitor attendance when it first opened in 2012, and then again in 2013.  

“NGCI staff continue to receive frequent calls requesting another chance to view the series,” Urquhart said. “It really is a case of ‘back by popular demand.’” 

She added: “We felt that the festive season would be the perfect time to remount the exhibition as it’s a wonderful series to share with family and friends, some who may be familiar with the original scenes, and others who may be viewing the historical images for the first time.” 

The exhibition, which will also include a screening room featuring short historical documentaries from around the time of the photos on dispaly, will be up throughout December. Admission is free.  

Visitors to the gallery marvel at the image of Shedden Road. - Photo: Vicki Wheaton

Visitors to the gallery marvel at the image of Shedden Road. – Photo: Vicki Wheaton

A hint of the past is viewed from the present.

A hint of the past is viewed from the present.

Glimpsing a day outside the Church of God on South Church St. from many years ago.

Glimpsing a day outside the Church of God on South Church St. from many years ago.

Had the helicopter been around back in the day, it might have looked out upon those magnificent sailing vessels. - Photo: Vicki Wheaton

Had the helicopter been around back in the day, it might have looked out upon those magnificent sailing vessels. – Photo: Vicki Wheaton

The Arrival of the Commissioner photographed by Joseph Steinmetz. Image and artwork by Courtney Platt, 2012. Original image by Lois Steinmetz, courtesy of the Steinmetz Collection, 1950.

The Arrival of the Commissioner photographed by Joseph Steinmetz. Image and artwork by Courtney Platt, 2012. Original image by Lois Steinmetz, courtesy of the Steinmetz Collection, 1950.
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