Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, NYC, celebrates this rare opportunity to present works from three influential photographers who documented Miami’s history in the making from the 50’s through the 70’s.

Miami was a very different city before the 1940’s; during WWII, Miami was flooded with thousands of soldiers serving in the war effort. The natural landscape of the ocean and its beaches as we know were present, but the colorful, eccentric, lively and diverse Miami we know today was just a seed. Nevertheless, the word quickly got out, particularly from the soldiers that were housed in the hotels: Miami was a place to visit and enjoy. These photographers archived people, events and phenomena that have facilitated the development of the Miami we know today…. Seductive, warm, exciting, risk taking, and multicultural. Stimulation and growth in Miami was busting and seeing no turning back.

Andy Sweet photographed the mostly-Jewish community that made up Miami Beach. Many Jews came from the Northeast, particularly New York, but most were European immigrants or children of immigrants. Miami became their playground, a place to enjoy one another, share experiences, and enjoy their success and fruits of their labor in a warm place. For many it was a place where they carried on the same traditions they had before the war in Eastern Europe.

Charles Trainor documented important events in Miami, including the Beatles first visit to the United States as they were approaching another level of stardom, having already achieved considerable success in England and in other parts of Europe. His photos of the Beatles included their famous meeting with Muhammad Ali. President Kennedy contacted him to request a copy of a portrait of the President he shot in Miami.

Bunny Yeager was a model and trend setting pin-up photographer. She developed the use of the selfie, way before it was fashionable. Besides photographing herself, she photographed the models she worked with and befriended, including the infamous Betty Page. Some of the most famous of these photos took place in Miami and a theme park in Boca Raton, Florida. Bunny taught her friend Sammy Davis Jr. how to photograph models in 1955, at a time when they couldn’t be seen together in a restaurant. Bunny’s photos were trendsetting for the time. Yeager wrote books on photography, and worked for Playboy and other publications when there were few women who dared to enter the field. Her work was contemporary, seductive, and feminine but classy, in a way her male counterparts seldom achieved.

Vintage Miami

Three Master Photographers' Vision of Miami 1950's-1970's
February 23 - April 1, 2017
Opens March 2, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Works

Flower Girl

Andy Sweet, Flower Girl, Circa 1979

Tall Women's Beauty Contest

Andy Sweet, Tall Women's Beauty Contest, Circa 1979

Cabana

Andy Sweet, Cabana, Circa 1979

Three Gals from New York

Andy Sweet, Three Gals from New York, Circa 1979

 A New Year's Party

Andy Sweet, A New Year's Party, Circa 1979

Bar Mitzvah Boys

Andy Sweet, Bar Mitzvah Boys, Circa 1979

Girl with Doll

Andy Sweet, Girl with Doll, Circa 1979

Bunny with Bettie Page at Africa USA

Bunny Yeager, Bunny with Bettie Page at Africa USA, July 1954/2014

Bunny Self Portrait with Beads (Miami, FL)

Bunny Yeager, Bunny Self Portrait with Beads (Miami, FL), 1963/2011

Bettie with Black Lace at Key Biscayne, FL

Bunny Yeager, Bettie with Black Lace at Key Biscayne, FL, 1954/2013

Bettie in Tree #38

Bunny Yeager, Bettie in Tree #38, 1955

Bettie Page at Fun Fair Kiddie Park (Miami, FL)

Bunny Yeager, Bettie Page at Fun Fair Kiddie Park (Miami, FL), 1954/2013

Fans Watch the Beatles Concert at the Gator Bowl

Charles Trainor, Fans Watch the Beatles Concert at the Gator Bowl, 1964

Beatles and Clay: Punch

Charles Trainor, Beatles and Clay: Punch, 1964

Beatles and Clay

Charles Trainor, Beatles and Clay, 1964

Backstage with Sullivan

Charles Trainor, Backstage with Sullivan, 1964

Backstage with Sullivan

Charles Trainor, Backstage with Sullivan, 1964

Ringo Starr, Miami Beach, 1964

Charles Trainor, Ringo Starr, Miami Beach, 1964,

John Lennon, Miami Beach 1964

Charles Trainor, John Lennon, Miami Beach 1964, 1964

Backstage with Sullivan

Charles Trainor, Backstage with Sullivan, 1964

Ringo Starr, Miami Beach, 1964

Charles Trainor, Ringo Starr, Miami Beach, 1964, 1964

Beatles/Hurricane

Charles Trainor, Beatles/Hurricane, 1964


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