Herb Snitzer’s career covers 50 years of image making as well as being an author of five books. From 1957 when he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, he moved to New York City where he quickly established himself as one of the top young photojournalists.
Snitzer worked for Life, Look, Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Time and many other magazines and newspapers, among them, The New York Times, London Sunday Times and Herald Tribune. He became Photography and Associate Editor of America’s leading jazz magazine, Metronome, which enabled him to meet and photograph and become friends with many of the great jazz musicians of that era, including Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Count Basie. His images appear on over 250 CD and album record covers and his prolific jazz archives cover the late 1950’s to the present day.
Additionally, Snitzer’s photographic, social and political interests cover a wide spectrum of issues, which find their way into his visual work. His work is in the collections of many museums: The Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of African American History, and private collectors.
Herb Snitzer has had numerous exhibitions worldwide showcasing his jazz images, most recently in 2008 at the Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis, 2009 the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences, as well as others.
Among Snitzer's published works, Such Sweet Thunder chronicles his 45 year odyssey into the world of jazz and continues to be sought after by jazz and photo collectors.