Andy Sweet Photo Restoration/Plaque

$2,756 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 22 months
Ellen Sweet Moss
for Andy Sweet Photo Legacy Inc

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.
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"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.
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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!
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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
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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!
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$2,756 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 22 months
Created May 2, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Andy Sweet Photo Legacy Inc
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Miami Shores, FL
EIN: 592236299
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8 months ago
Mitchell Marcus
15 months ago

Andy was very special.

Ernie Joya
16 months ago

So great to see these amazing images of a long gone era. I 've lived in Miami and vacationed in Miami Beach since the 60's. These memories are Sweet indeed.

James Hardi
19 months ago

Andys life was cut short by criminals He was a very talented young man whose memory s still alive thru his fantastic photos.

Steffi Gavin
19 months ago

My parents honeymooned in South Beach in February 1940. My sister and I grew up vacationing in this wonderful place. These photos are the stuff of my childhood. I had no idea about the tragic, but ultimately wonderful, story of Andy Sweet. He should be recognized for his incredible work.

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