The Lens of Andy Sweet
Rediscovering South Beach in the Seventies
Photographs courtesy of Andy Sweet Legacy
Photographer Andy Sweet captured the colorful South Beach scene of the 1970s during a time of the city's rough history. Living and working in South Beach, Andy Sweet honestly captured its lively culture at a time when photographers were just discovering the possibilities of color imagery. Sweet used color to showcase Miami Beach's aging generation Using a documentarian's approach, Sweet befriended his subjects and used color photography to showcase Miami Beach's aging generation – a community often forgotten. Immersed in this world Sweet created truly compelling imagery of a unique time and place, filled with portraits and scenes that showcased a different side of life in South Florida.
Until his untimely death in 1982, he produced an expansive body of work, which is now being rediscovered through the nonprofit Andy Sweet Photo Legacy. Their mission is to share his work with the public. The foundation [Andy Sweet Photo Legacy] was created in 2006 after a series of unfortunate events resulted in the loss of an large archive of Sweet's works. Using digital restoration of scanned workprints, the nonprofit has been working diligently to restore and showcase a lost archive from another time.
To see more photographs from Andy Sweet visit Andy Sweet Photo Legacy or visit MIami Beach Cinematheque's exhibit "Sweet", the first solo exhibition of the photography of Andy Sweet. Curated by Dana Keith and Ed Christin. Opening September 27th, the exhibit will be up for two months in the gallery portion of the theater. | Mbcinema.com