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Photographer Herb Snitzer's Documentary Images on Display in Cobb Gallery

posted on 03/20/2013

On display in Eckerd College's Cobb Gallery through April 5, "Herb Snitzer - A Life in Photography" will feature documentary images by the renowned photographer and St. Petersburg resident whose work spans more than 50 years of image making. Cobb Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet the artist at a gallery talk on Monday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. or at the closing reception on Friday, April 5, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Herb Snitzer, Portrait of Tennessee Williams

A graduate of Philadelphia College of Art, Herb Snitzer moved to New York City in 1957 where he quickly established himself as one of the top young photojournalists. His work has graced the pages of LIFE, LOOK, The Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, TIME, The New York Times and Herald Tribune, as well as dozens of album covers.

Herb Snitzer, jazz musician Paul Gonsalves As photography and associate editor of the leading jazz magazine Metronome, Snitzer photographed many of the great jazz musicians of that era – Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Count Basie, and more. His work is part of numerous private collections and displayed in several museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Tampa Museum of Art, Boston Museum of African American History, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Modern Art.

Snitzer's photographic, social and political interests cover a wide spectrum of issues, which find their way into his visual work. A civil rights activist, Snitzer received a lifetime achievement award in 2009 from the St. Petersburg branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). That same year, he received a Social Justice Pioneer Award from The Studio@620.

Herb Snitzer's new gallery space is located at 2109 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Fla.

PLEASE NOTE: Eckerd students can earn College Program Series (CPS) credit by viewing this exhibit on Tuesday, March 26 from 1-3 p.m.

Top photo: Portrait of Tennessee Williams
Bottom photo: Paul Gonsalves, jazz musician

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