Florida Museum of Photographic Arts Announces “Gary Monroe: Life in South Beach, 1977-1986.”

by | Feb 28, 2024 | Press

Photo: Gary MonroeExercise Group by 3rd Street Beach, 1978, Gelatin silver print, Collection of the Artist

Tampa, FLThe Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) is proud to present its upcoming exhibition, “Gary Monroe: Life in South Beach, 1977-1986.” This showcase offers a unique glimpse into the vibrant and diverse community of South Beach during a transformative decade, as captured through the lens of acclaimed photographer Gary Monroe.

A native of Miami Beach, Gary Monroe embarked on a decade-long journey in 1977 to document the essence of life in South Beach. Unlike the glamorous destination it is today, South Beach during this period was primarily inhabited by a community of aging Jewish retirees who embraced the sun, sand, and affordable living.

Through Monroe’s photography, viewers are transported back in time to witness the everyday moments, communal gatherings, and cultural nuances that defined life in South Beach during the late 1970s and 1980s. His images encapsulate the spirit of the community, showcasing its resilience, diversity, and rich tapestry of experiences.

“Through the lens of renowned photographer Gary Monroe, this exhibition showcases the essence and spirit of an iconic era in South Beach Miami. Showcasing the lives of this vibrant society of people in their golden years provides a delightful window into a period of history many people may not even know existed.”

From candid street scenes to intimate portraits, Monroe’s photographs offer a multifaceted portrayal of life in South Beach, inviting viewers to reflect on the evolving landscape of this iconic neighborhood. Through his sharp eye and empathetic viewpoint, Monroe transforms seemingly ordinary moments into powerful reflections on the human experience.

Experience “Gary Monroe: Life in South Beach, 1977-1986.” at FMoPA from March 26 – May 19, 2024, with admission priced at $12. Find FMoPA at 1630 E. 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.

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