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When Herb Snitzer was photo editor for the jazz magazine, Metronome, in the early 1960's, he occasionally got complaints from subscribers. Why, they asked, were there not more stories about the white musicians of the era like Benny Goodman?

Snitzer says the reason was simple. The magazine was intent on covering what they knew to be true. Jazz more than any other music, expressed the black experience in America.

Cathy Carter

In his memoir, "Glorious Days and Nights," Herb Snitzer wrote that his camera allowed him to experience things he couldn't have dreamed of.

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Have you ever walked down a street  in an eclectic neighborhood, a college campus or in the heart of a city's downtown and seen something that caught your eye? Perhaps it was a piece of public art.

In a few weeks, WUSF News is starting an occasional series called “Art Populi.” We’ll be reporting from counties around the Tampa Bay area on whimsical houses, public art galleries, abandoned art, city murals and more.