Many of the photos in Pablo Delano’s exhibit at Hampshire College are more than 100 years old. They depict the island’s lush flora and fauna, and its people — as farmers, beauty queens, jail inmates — and in most cases, there’s some connection to the U.S. government.
Delano, a Hartford visual artist who teaches at Trinity College, has collected these photos for years. One of them, taken in the year 1900, shows four naked children standing on a beach in Puerto Rico, staring at the ocean.
The captions on display are original. For this photo, the caption begins, “Waiting for Uncle Sam — on the Beach at Puerto Rico.”
“The texts are a very important part of the exhibit,” Delano said on a recent tour of the exhibit.