Life in South Beach

Gary Monroe
South Beach

While living among the elderly Jews of Miami Beach from 1977 through 1986, the photographer recorded aspects of communal lives of a vanishing culture. Their old world traditions manifest values and mores based on spiritual camaraderie and social isolation.

Eighteen photographs have been selected (18 means "life" in Hebrew) describe patterns of a community that was unique to the Jews of South Beach. This book is a precious legacy that lives on in spite of the neighborhood's phenomenal makeover as the world's premier art deco district.

Forest + Trees, 1989
Oral history excerpts