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Hardcover, 12 x 12 in. / 120 pgs / 132 color / 1 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 159   

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List Price: $39.95 CDN $55.00 GBP £35.00

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Miami Beach, FL
Jewish Museum of Florida, 03/19/19–06/02/19

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Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980

Edited with foreword by Brett Sokol. Introduction by Lauren Groff.

Featured image, by Andy Sweet, South Beach, circa 1979, is from 'Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980.'

Forget the jokes about late ‘70s South Beach being the Yiddish-speaking section of “God’s Waiting Room”; yes, upward of 20,000 elderly Jews made up nearly half of its population in those days—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, laughing and loving to do, as strikingly portrayed in Shtetl in the Sun, which features previously unseen photographs documenting South Beach’s once-thriving and now-vanished Jewish community—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, klezmer-dancing glory. “They were strong, humorous, and beautiful images,” fellow photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who worked closely with Sweet, remarked after his death. 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.


Featured image, by Andy Sweet, South Beach, circa 1979, is from 'Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artsy

Alina Cohen

Floral patterns, shades of fuschia and pear, and bold Art Deco structures enliven Andy Sweet’s pictures of 1970s South Beach, Miami. Even the photographer’s last name suggests the merriment and candy hues that color his frames.

WLRN

Alejandra Martinez

[Shtetl in the Sun] document[s] a forgotten era of Miami Beach's Jewish history.

WWD

Rebecca Kleinman

[Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet’s South Beach 1977-1980] reveals that New Yorkers were in the wrong all those years when they referred to Miami Beach as God’s waiting room. [The book] chronicles how their bubbles and zaydes were really on a rip-roaring, permanent spring break for old folks.

New York Times

Joseph B. Treaster

Andy Sweet’s photographs and a new film tell the story of a vanished Jewish community on the tip of Miami Beach that gave way to a glittering American Riviera.

Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980

STATUS: Out of stock

Temporarily out of stock pending additional inventory.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/16/2019

Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch & Brett Sokol present 'Shtetl in the Sun' & 'The Last Resort' at The Coral Gables Art Cinema, FL

Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch & Brett Sokol present 'Shtetl in the Sun' & 'The Last Resort' at The Coral Gables Art Cinema, FL

Saturday, February 16 at 7PM, Coral Gables Art Cinema presents a screening of the documentary film The Last Resort, followed by a talk and a signing of the companion photography book, Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/16/2019

Shtetl in the Sun. What's not to love?

Shtetl in the Sun. What's not to love?

Featured image is reproduced from Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980, the companion publication to the hit documentary film, The Last Resort. "Sweet is really looking," Lauren Groff writes. "He's paying attention. The way he sees people nearing the end of their life is vibrant; he loves them in the brightest colors he can magic out of the camera… Picture after picture shows old ladies sitting quietly in their beach chairs outside of their tiny hotels, gentle moments of rest, their sneakers huge at the ends of their columnar, panty-hosed legs. And because Andy often shot in the late afternoon, with its hot and slanted sun and lengthening shadows, there is a sense of swiftly depleting time, a threnodial quality to the work that underscores the humor and deepens it." continue to blog


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