Peter Dean Rickards was a much more than a photographer, publisher, Banksy identifier, cinematographer . I knew Peter first and foremost as a keen observer and lover all things culturally valuable to Jamaica. I met Peter when he was publishing the remarkable blog Afflicted Yard (1999-2014). We hit it off immediately because we shared the same interests (humor, culture and a punk DIY approach to expressing one’s perspective). Afflicted Yard was irreverent, funny but most of all brutally honest in it’s assessment of the state of Jamaican culture. It allowed the audience to peek under the hood to great effect. This is something that Peter would continue to accomplish with each new project including the critically acclaimed First Jamaica - perhaps the most beautiful (visually and editorially) magazine ever published in Jamaica.
On December 31, 2014 Peter Dean Rickards succumb to cancer. He remains sorely missed.