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Herb Snitzer – Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir

Herb Snitzer – Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir

In his sixth book Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir, Herb Snitzer looks back on a career of photographing jazz musicians, (University of Mississippi Press, 2011).

After graduation from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art, 1957), Snitzer, headed for New York. One of his first free lance assignments was to cover the legendary, tenor sax player, Lester Young, at the Five Spot Café, in 1958. Shooting at night with available light he created an enduring image of Young, holding his instrument case, wearing his signature porkpie hat. The scene is backlit by a storefront and there is a sign projecting from the building that reads “Newly Decorated Furnished Rooms.” The musician with arm outstretched is pointing to something while engaged in a conversation with an unidentified man.

With this earliest image Snitzer launched a career and also, in embryo, established a style that identifies many of the key works among the 84 photographs selected for the book. While there are many studies of musicians in performance he sought out access back stage, on buses, in bars and hotels. As much as possible he attempted to get close and personal. There are many intimate portraits that compellingly convey trust as well as proximity.

As the subtitle of the book conveys this reaches beyond a portfolio of beautiful images (84) of now mostly deceased masters of the art form. In the accompanying 42 page text Snitzer relates a life depicting the jazz world to which he had unique and often challenging access.

Note: the book can be ordered on Amazon, (the customer reviews are insightful). Please contact the gallery if you would like to set an appointment to see and discuss Snitzer’s photography. Herb Snitzer’s artist page.

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