Cultural Camaraderie

A Peculiar Paradise: Photos of Florida in 1981

On Wednesday, March 13, at History Miami Center of Photography in Downtown Miami, FANS enjoyed A Peculiar Paradise: Photographs of Florida in 1981.

On assignment for National Geographic, Nathan Benn photographed across the State of Florida at the dawn of the 1980s a time made famous by Miami’s narcotics-related crime wave and influx of newcomers from the Caribbean.

After nearly 40 years, Benn has revisited his Florida archives. A Peculiar Paradise exhibits nearly 100 photographs, as well as artifacts related to his 20-year career at National Geographic. His pictures feature, among other topics, Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, extreme affluence, nightlife, immigration, work cultures, tourist attractions, remarkable Floridians, Dundee’s 5th Street Gym, and the narcotics war — dynamic and unique time in Florida’s history.

A former director of Magnum Photos, Nathan Benn was born and raised in Miami, and currently resides in Santa Fe, NM and New York City.

Hosts for this Cultural Camaraderie event were Marie Lippman and Naomi Honig.




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