A member of the National Geographic staff from 1972 to 1991, Miami native Nathan Benn is set to unveil a staggering array of photographs and artifacts documenting Florida in general and our own Magic City in particular in A Peculiar Paradise: Florida Photographs by Nathan Benn, running at our own HistoryMiami Museum. Eminently talented and unafraid to document all aspects of our state as aesthetically as possible, the photographer’s work documents everything from Dundee’s 5th Street Gym to the stress and strain of an international narcotics crisis, all available to any attendee of this institution entirely devoted to educating Miamians about the city they love to live in. “For those who reside in Florida, this exhibition is certainly a walk down memory lane and offers an unusual look into what shaped the state into the eclectic makeup we enjoy today,” says Jorge Zamanillo, Executive Director of HistoryMiami Museum. “If you’re not from Florida, you are sure to be fascinated by the stories of our past that have molded this peculiar paradise that we call home.” The exhibit runs from Nov. 9 to Apr. 14; HistoryMiami.org.