Photographs capture the diverse and eccentric people who made up Miami Beach in ...

From bodybuilders to drag queens and party animals: Photographs capture the diverse and eccentric people who made up Miami Beach in the early 1990s British photographer Barry Lewis, from London, travelled to South Beach, Miami, Florida, each Christmas In the years 1988 to 1995 he captured the diverse and eccentric characters who made up the community  These remarkable black and white photographs illustrate the various goings-on on the beach

By Jessica Green For Mailonline

Published: 11:54 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 11:54 BST, 1 April 2019

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These marvellous black and white photographs capture the goings-on on Miami Beach from 1988 to 1995.

The coastal strip is illustrated in all its glory by British photographer Barry Lewis, who escaped the harsh London winter for the tropical paradise of South Beach, Miami, Florida, each Christmas.

There he captured the diverse and eccentric people who made up the community: newly-arrived Cubans, Jewish retirees from New York, and the gay population who flocked to Ocean Drive for the party scene.

The professional photographer's pictures show the vibrancy of the area slowly coming back to life in the early 1990s after years of drugs, corruption and violence. 

In 1981, Miami was the murder capital of America with the highest violent crime rate in the nation. 

But this gradually decreased with city leaders attributing it to increased police patrols, the addition of cameras and residents who are more willing to work with police in stopping crimes before they happen.

Miami Beach 1988-1995 by Barry Lewis is published by Hoxton Mini Press. 

A bodybuilder poses with his weights in 1990 on Miami Beach

Darleen and Mike Revera on their way to a Jehovah's Witness prayer meeting on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

E.J. Pence, competitive bodybuilder (left) poses with his weights in 1990 on Miami Beach. Weight enthusiasts were often spotted using the coastal strip as a place to workout with gym apparatus even being placed along some

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