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Westminster Grad Documents Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Final Tour

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – A Westminster College graduate is producing a documentary on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Lynyrd Skynyrd, following the band on their final world tour.

Doltyn Snedden, who graduate from Westminster in 2017 with a degree in media art and design, has followed the band through Canada, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom as he works as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s official photographer, a position the band has never employed before.

“My job is to capture the essence of them in the modern-day but trying to restore and keep that historical value. I do all their photo and video,” Snedden said on an episode of WCN 24/7, Westminster College’s official podcast.

Doltyn Snedden takes pictures during a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. Copyright Doltyn Snedden.

“I’m the only photographer in the entire world right now that has shots of the modern-day band. They’ve never, ever, ever taken a photographer out on the road with them,” he continues. “So, I do photo and video. I handle a lot of the social media. When the tour is over, I am putting together a full-length documentary.”

Among the moments Snedden has captured was a tribute to the band’s late lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant, who died in 1977.

“The current lead singer, Johnny Van Zant, he’s the brother of the original singer, he walks off stage, and they put on the back LED screen, actual footage of the old singers,” Snedden says. “On stage is a lone microphone that has a flag hanging from and Ronnie Van Zant’s hat kind on it. So, it really makes a full circle moment bringing all that back.”

The full episode of “Alumni Spotlight” detailing Snedden’s work on the WCN 24/7 podcast can be found here.

Source: WCN247.com

Pictured: A picture by Westminster College graduate Doltyn Snedden of Lynyrd Skynyrd on their final world tour. Copyright Doltyn Snedden.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.