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As photographer retires, iconic images need new home

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After 40 years with the Miami Herald, renowned South Florida photographer Tim Chapman retired last month and plans to leave behind more than just a legacy.

As Chapman prepares to move to his self-built home in the Keys, WLRN Miami Herald Reporter Kenny Malone went through the archive of photographs in Chapman’s spare bedroom. Malone reported that Chapman will donate his entire collection to an institution willing to store and digitize the photographs.

Among them are photographs of iconic moments in history, including the drug wars during the Miami-vice era, mass suicide of Jonestown, Guyana, refugees from Cuba and Contras during the Nicaraguan Civil War.

Malone reported that Chapman’s collection is stored in cardboard boxes that pile approximately seven feet high. In them are slides, photographs, negatives and newspaper clippings containing South Florida history.

The Miami Herald is featuring a gallery of Chapman’s iconic photographs. Click the image below to view.

Jensen Werley wrote this story online.

About Ethan Magoc

Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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