powerHouse Books is pleased to announce the November 2018 release of

A Peculiar Paradise:
Florida Photographs

By Nathan Benn

A Peculiar Paradise: Florida Photographs by Nathan Benn shows its subject—Benn’s homestate—at the dawn of the 1980s, during a time when Florida’s only true constant was change. Although some regions rested like the state’s alligators, staid and satisfied, other areas became a hotbed for the narcotics trade and a hub for Caribbean and South American immigration. This increasing cultural diversity (Miami’s English-speaking Caucasian population was in free fall, from 84% in 1950 to just 12% by 1990), and the state’s innate peculiarity is captured here with the keen sense of an anthropologist and the glint-in-the-eye of a local.

The pictures, fittingly, sometimes feel urgent, sometimes leisurely. Kodachrome film's distinctive color palette seems tailor-made to its purpose here, displayed to full effect with expressive composition and sumptuous texture. Benn's vibrant, idiosyncratic images reflect the charming, sometimes dangerous, chaos of Florida at the time, a place that came to embody both the quintessence of suburban Americana and the depth of the melting pot, and the source of Benn's own nostalgic longing.

Nathan Benn was born and grew up in Miami, Florida. Immediately upon graduation from the University of Miami in 1972 he became a photographer for the National Geographic Society, where he remained for twenty years. Three hundred of his photographs were published in National Geographic magazine, and hundreds more in numerous books. He was the Director of Magnum Photos, Inc. from 2000 through 2002. In 2013 powerHouse Books published his award-winning monograph Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Brooklyn, New York with his wife-a fine art photographer-and teenage son.

The release of A Peculiar Paradise coincides with an exhibition of photographs from the book at HistoryMiami Museum in Miami, Florida (November 8, 2018 - April 14, 2019). For more information, please visit

A partial preview is available by clicking here: A Peculiar Paradise

Florida / Kodachrome / Documentary
Hardcover, 9-1/4 x 12 inches, 200 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-901-6, $49.95 US/CAN 

High-res scans to your specification are available upon request; scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited. Mandatory credit line: From A Peculiar Paradise by Nathan Benn, published by powerHouse Books.

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