Andy Sweet Photo Restoration/Plaque

$4,076 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 26 months
Ellen Sweet Moss
for Andy Sweet Photo Legacy Inc
 MIAMI, FL


The City of Miami Beach has agreed to install a plaque  near Lummus Park to commemorate the Miami Beach Project, and part of the money raised will go toward the plaque.

Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe documented the Jewish community on South Beach,  which they called The Miami Beach Project, starting in 1977. It was where they grew up, and they recognized a unique time in our history, when the Jewish residents of Miami Beach brought their cultural touchstones with them. They converted hotels into makeshift synagogues, supported each other, and kept their traditions alive. Many were Holocaust survivors who were drawn to the warm weather of South Florida.

An archival storage facility lost Andy's negatives in 2003. In 2006 a new non-profit, the Andy Sweet Photo Legacy ( a 501(c)3 charitable foundation)  was created to support, promote, and educate the public about the work Andy created.  At the same time, we started the process of scanning and digitally restoring the surviving prints, and of the 1,800 South Beach prints we have restored 300 images. This is a slow, painstaking process, but absolutely essential to bring back the original colors.

Rather than use the standard documentarian's black-and-white, Andy chose to shoot in  color, a bold decision at that time. Our ultimate goal is to place the collection with an appropriate museum or library,  and to make it available to scholars.
+ Read More
"The Last Resort," a movie about Andy Sweet and the South Beach Jewish community is out and making the rounds at festivals, so watch for it. Letter 16 Press got a grant from the Knight Foundation to produce two books on Andy's work.
Meanwhile, we still need funds for the plaque and to continue restoring Andy's work. There are still at least 800 vital prints still waiting to be scanned, color corrected, and restored. The picture shows a picture before and after restoration.
+ Read More
We are raising funds to restore more of Andy's photos that need restoring and also raising funds for a Plaque that will be installed near the Art Deco Preservation League. Please contribute. Thanks!
+ Read More
Please note that donors of $500 or more will receive one of Andy's photographs (12 x 12" archival pigment print) of the New Yorker Hotel
New Yorker Hotel-Miami Beach-circa 1978
+ Read More
This is a before-and-after example of a restoration of one of Andy's photos. There are still over 1000 great images that need restoration. Please help us keep Andy's work alive!
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$4,076 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 26 months
Created May 2, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Andy Sweet Photo Legacy Inc
Certified Charity
+ Learn More
Miami Shores, FL
EIN: 592236299
How it Works
  1. You make a donation using a PayPal account or a credit/debit card to PayPal Giving Fund (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization).
  2. After the deduction of payment processing fees, PayPal Giving Fund delivers the funds it receives to the chosen charity on a monthly basis.*
* If, after reasonable efforts, PayPal Giving Fund cannot deliver donations to this charity, the funds may be donated to another charity per PayPal Giving Fund’s policies.
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
LQ
$50
laura quinlan
1 month ago
LS
$50
Louise Sokol
1 month ago

Andy was a wonderfully joyous memory from my childhood. And a supremely talented adult.

AG
$500
Alan Grossbard
1 month ago
JB
$100
JAY BLOOMFIELD
1 month ago

What a mench!!! While so many young people were off doing their own thing, Andy made it possible for me to be able to teach my kids about this wonderful subculture of America.

MT
$30
Michele Trueba
2 months ago
JH
$50
Jacqueline Hancock
2 months ago

I grew up in Key West in the 60s and early 70s. What a treasure of memories flooded back to me in seeing the work of Andy Sweet today as I watched the documentary about his work. I am grateful and feel compelled to donate now. I wish it could be more.

$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
$10
Susan Ballun
2 months ago
1
1

I really enjoyed watching THE LAST RESORT documentary this morning on NETFLIX. It made my day and put a big smile on my face.

$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.