Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977-1980
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Forget the jokes about South Beach being the Yiddish-speaking section of God's waiting room; yes, over 20,000 elderly Jews made up nearly half of its population in the 70s, all crammed into an area of barely two square miles like a modern-day shtetl. But these New York transplants and Holocaust survivors all still had plenty of living to do, as strikingly portrayed in this book, which features previously unseen photographs documenting South Beach's now-vanished Jewish community.This title chronicles a project that American photographer Andy Sweet (1953-82) began in 1977 after receiving his MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a driving passion until his tragic death. Sweet's photos capture this community's daily rhythms in all their beach-strolling, cafeteria-noshing and klezmer-dancing glory. "They were strong, humorous, and beautiful images," fellow photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who worked closely with Sweet, remarked after his passing. "He may have been younger, but I considered him every bit an equal." The book includes a foreword by award-winning Miami arts journalist Brett Sokol and an introductory essay by National Book Award finalist and "New York Times" bestselling author Lauren Groff.
ISBN 9780989381185. Letter16 Press.