Miami Beach Visual Arts

“Sweet: Photography by Andy Sweet” Opening Reception

"Sweet: Photography by Andy Sweet" Opening ReceptionTuesday, September 27, 7pm-10pm – Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

Born in Miami Beach to a family of hoteliers, Andy Sweet devoted himself to photography as an adolescent. After completing his Masters degree in photography in the mid-1970’s, he started work on “The South Beach Project”. Along with his friend Gary Monroe, Andy devoted five years to document the mostly Jewish community in South Beach (1977-82). He was an admirer of photographer Diane Arbus whose influence is evident in his work. His choice to shoot color film that he processed and printed himself was key to the historical document he left us with. Andy also worked closely with Magnum photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who he did color printing for. After Andy’s tragic death at age 28, his family put his work away for a long time. His negatives were destroyed by accident, but in recent years his brother-in-law Stan Hughes and Ellen Sweet have painstakingly begun the process of scanning and color correcting the photos that remain. These images stand as testament to a unique time in our history, when this group of residents, many of them Holocaust survivors, found strength in their community.