Herb Weitman headed the photographic services at Washington University (St. Louis) for nearly five decades, becoming one of the most-honored photographers among universities in the country. He also served as the associate editor of the award-winning Washington University Magazine and he founded the School of Fine Arts (now School of Art) photography program in 1967.
Herb became the St. Louis Football Cardinals official photographer in 1960 when the team moved from Chicago to St. Louis and served the team in that capacity until 1987, when the team moved to Arizona. During the tenure of the Football Cardinals, he also served as an official photographer for the NFL, including annual coverage of Super Bowls V to XXVIII.
In addition to his pictures in the Washington University Magazine over several decades, he contributed to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Sunday Magazine, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and to national publications including, Newsweek, Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, Picture Magazine, (a prestigious photographic art periodical), and CASE Currents.
Two of the largest museums in St. Louis have acquired his photographic work including four prints by the St. Louis Art Museum and other museums around the country. M. Fredric Volkman, the vice chancellor for public affairs at Washington University was quoted as saying, “Herb Weitman is the dean of university photographers in America. Better than anyone else, he epitomizes the importance of capturing the myriad aspects of campus life on film and slides. His imprint on photography at hundreds of campuses is unmatched and has set the standard for excellence in collegiate photography across the nation”.
In addition to his many awards and accolades, Herb was honored for his service to the Washington University School of Art; the photography gallery at the school’s Lewis Center was named “The Weitman Gallery of Photography” in September of 2008.
Herb’s collection of St. Louis Cardinals Football is iconic. His documentation of Cardinals football set a benchmark for team photography and his influence on young photographers will remain with them forever.
He and his wife Diane live in St. Louis.
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