Before it became the glamorous playground of rich celebrities—and before Lincoln Road Mall’s humble shops were replaced by designer boutiques—Miami Beach was a popular and affordable winter destination for low-income Jewish snowbirds, who flocked from Canada and the northern U.S. to escape the winter months to fill up the low-budget Art Deco hotels. It’s a world that’s long since disappeared.
Toronto-based photographer Naomi Harris is now paying tribute to that time—and to a group of feisty seniors whose lives she documented while she lived among them in a hotel from 1999 to 2002. Haddon Hall is her new book, named for the South Beach lodgings where she snapped portraits of the Holocaust survivors, pensioners and widows.
She joins The CJN Daily to explain why too many people overlook senior citizens because of ageism, and why her photos capture their joy.
What we talked about:
- Learn more about the new book Haddon Hall
- Read more about the lost world of Miami Beach in this article in The CJN
- For more of Naomi’s work visit naomiharris.com
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