Andy Sweet

Andy Sweet was part of a small faction of young artist-photographers who were discovering the creative possibilities of color imagery in the mid 1970s, and his fresh aesthetic would be perfectly suited for his subsequent photographs of South Beach. Andy's saturated beach-ball hues described the vivid light and lively culture he explored and portrayed with intuition and certainty. He rejected formalist theory and idea-driven imagery in favor of immediate and unmediated responses, of living it up and aligning himself with the people he knew he was privileged to photograph. Andy created in this way until his tragic death in 1982, when he was just 29 years old, leaving behind a remarkably mature and thorough body of work.