Project Description

Arts In: Herb Snitzer

You’ve seen Herb Snitzer’s photographs – on album covers, CD covers and almost every major magazine and newspaper. His images of Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Nina Simone are legendary, a few of the many classic jazz musicians he knew well and loved.

His photographs are striking, and they always tell a story.

Herb Snitzer’s candid photos of the Civil Rights Movement capture moments of electric change. Though he still regrets being backstage with Martin Luther King Jr., Ossie Davis and James Baldwin – without his camera.

In his 80s now, Herb is still creating – and he still chooses black and white film over digital.

Herb shares the stories behind many of his best-known images – revealing where and when, and what’s happening outside the frame.

And he shares the story of the late-lamented Salt Creek Artworks, a vibrant group of artists who broke new ground for St. Petersburg’s now thriving arts community.

Find out more about Herb Snitzer at herbsnitzer.com/statement.

Explore Herb Snitzer’s work at herbsnitzer.com.

Writer Mitzi Jo Gordon and photographer Tom Kramer are charting the development of St. Pete as a thriving arts community. You can read their lovely article about Herb Snitzer and Carol Dameron in the Dupont Registry.

The archive of Salt Creek Artworks is at saltcreekartworks.com.

Arts In is produced by Matt and Sheila Cowley. Executive Producer, Barbara St. Clair for Creative Pinellas.

Photo by Herb Snitzer