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Andy Sweet Archives

In January of 2020, MDPL contributed their digitized Andy Sweet archival files to the National Gallery of Arts, in conjunction with the Sweet’s family archives. Andy Sweet was a gifted photographer who from 1977-1982, documented the residents of South Beach through his camera lens. In 1982 his life was tragically cut short when he was murdered. These archives were donated to MDPL back in 2000 by Audrey Sweet, Andy Sweet’s mother. Below are a few examples of our Collection that number over fifty, dating back to his Fisher Junior High School Yearbook of 1966. Also shown below is a 1980 article about the New Year’s Eve parties along Ocean Drive photographed by Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. For those who haven’t seen the moving documentary about his work “The Last Resort”, you can catch it on Netflix.

Cover of Andy Sweet’s Fisher Junior High School Yearbook of 1968
Andy Sweet’s photo of Commissioner Elayne Weisburd who was the first elected female Commissioner in Miami Beach and served from 1977-1979.
Miami Herald’s photo op-ed “A Lasting Tribute” showing Andy Sweet’s parents
1980 article about the New Year’s Eve parties along Ocean Drive photographed
by Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe
Photograph of Andy Sweet and Barbara Baer Capitman courtesy
of the Andy Sweet Photo Legacy

Miami Herald Tropic 1982 Magazine "On the Beach: A Legacy of Photography By Andy Sweet 1953-1982"

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