Miami Beach

Gary Monroe / Andy Sweet
Miami Beach

Miami Beach lyrically depicts the old world Jewish culture of South Beach. Having been referred to as "the last resort," the once-glamorous area became a refuge for elderly Jews of eastern European derivation. During the decade that the photographers - both natives - worked there, the presence and unique lifestyle of the elderly Jews began to wane. Attrition took its toll. But social shifts were more relentless; by 1990 dilapidated hotels had become posh resorts as a youth oriented, economic tidal wave swept through South Beach, washing the residents out to sea.

Forest + Trees, 1991
foreword by: Isaac Bashivas Singer