Gary Monroe

The NPR web site has a nice post on the photographer Gary Monroe: An Unsung Photographer’s Ode To Other Unsung Artists. It’s worth reading his story as well as enjoying his images. The Highwaymen slide show is stunning.

His personal site has a nice collection of his black and white film work that’s easier to browse through: Gary Monroe.

From Gary’s about page:

Gary Monroe, a native of Miami Beach, received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977. Upon returning home, he photographed the old world Jewish community that characterized South Beach. Since 1984 he has photographed throughout Haiti, and later looked at tourism across Florida, especially the “rite of passage” of vacationers at Disney World. He also “wanders aimlessly” to photograph in other countries – Brazil, Israel, Cuba, India, Trinidad, Poland and Egypt to name a few. Recently he has been looking at the landscape, especially the transformation of place due to corporate-driven planning.

“Wanders aimlessly?” I’d say his aim is pretty good although I do love that phrase and understand why he’d use it. Keep on shooting, even when you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for.