Andy Sweet Photo Restoration/Plaque

$3,351 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 25 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.
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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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$3,351 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 25 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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MT
$30
Michele Trueba
8 days ago
JH
$50
Jacqueline Hancock
13 days 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
20 days ago
$10
Susan Ballun
20 days ago
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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
21 days ago
JM
$100
Jan Mershon
24 days ago

I so enjoyed The Last Resort. I would love to go to a showing of their work

$100
Monica Thoms
25 days ago
1
1

I just watched The Last Resort and was moved beyond belief. I think our current culture undermines and forgets what came before us. I wish I could have been a part of the South Beach Jewish community in its hey day and I was raised Catholic. Preservation of Andy Sweet's photos will contribute much to the legacy of the human condition.

BK
$180
Beth Kanik
2 months ago
1
1

(Chai x 10). The legacy of Andy Sweet and the Jewish community of Miami Beach in the 1960s and in the 1970s should not be forgotten. This donation is in honor of the birth of Edith Kanik's great grandson Rory and in remembrance of the sacrifices she made for a better life for her daughters and for a better life for Rory's father.

$50
Anonymous
10 months ago
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1
JG
$250
Jared Gelles
10 months ago
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