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.