Gary Monroe

Along with his friend Andy Sweet, Gary Monroe established the South Beach Photographic Project to document the area’s elderly Jewish community. “Miami’s South Beach was a remarkable community when [he] photographed there, from 1977-1986…It was where Jewish people came to be together in their later years. In its way, it was a sacred place. These were the Jewish of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ Holocaust survivors among them, refugees from the cold northeast, working-class retirees. The Art Deco [restoration] movement…and economic development caused the demise of the old-world traditions before attrition would have taken its toll. The lifestyle vanished as if it never happened.”

Source: Fordham University