As a photojournalist in New York in the 1950s and 1960s, Snitzer spent his days — and nights — covering top musicians of the time. In his book released earlier this year, Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir, he shares stories of time spent with such masters as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Thelonious Monk. Snitzer, 78, who has lived in St. Petersburg since 1992, works out of a studio at Salt Creek Artworks on Fourth Street. He will be one of the featured authors at this year's Festival of Reading. "I'll be talking about my time in New York, Boston, Switzerland, and the era which is now considered the Golden Age of Jazz, but I use jazz as a metaphor for freedom,'' he said.
What's on your nightstand?
I've gotten to it late, but I'm reading Walker Evans by James R. Mellow. (Evans) was both a writer and a great photographer at Fortune magazine. He was also a businessman, and a well-rounded kind of person . . . He's the one who worked on photographs with James Agee for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. I'm reading his book for growth. You're never to old to learn.
And what are you learning?
It has to do with the way he approached images . . . with being more focused on the subject and to try to be more empathetic with the person and situation one finds oneself with. . . I'm also reading Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward. I loved the book, but it's very sad. I had great expectations of the president, and it is a struggle right now.
Piper Castillo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.