835 Julia St. Unit A, New Orleans, LA 70113

Exit Stage right

Zack Smith's Festival Portraits

Exit Stage right

Zack Smith's Festival Portraits

New Orleans photographer Zack Smith’s portraits of Louisiana musicians, artists and fans is currently on display at the New Orleans Jazz Museum located inside the Historic US Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA.

Hours and Directions

Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Monday: Closed
400 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116


Most photographers station themselves in front of music festival stages. Zack Smith’s preferred vantage point is backstage.

From 2001 to 2016, Smith, a commercial photographer by profession, orchestrated behind-the-scenes photo sessions at festivals in New Orleans and southwest Louisiana. Using large-format film cameras and makeshift studios, he shot hundreds of musician portraits. read more…

The New Orleans photographer’s show at The New Orleans Jazz Museum documents a who’s who in the music community a decade ago, but it also does a lot more.

Photographer Zack Smith sent me some of the images from “Exit Stage Right: Zack’s Smith’s Festival Portraits,” his new show now on display in The New Orleans Jazz Museum. The individual photos of musicians taken backstage at music festivals in the 2000s are compelling on their own, but they’re best viewed as presented on the walls in the gallery in large groupings.read more…

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