Sidney's Biography

From 1970 to 1980, New Orleans native Sidney Smith carved out a reputation as one of rock and rolls best lensmen.   From the Allman Brother’s Band to Paul McCartney, Sidney worked with almost every premier band of that era.  In the 1970’s, his photographs appeared regularly in numerous rock magazines such as Cream, Circus, Hit Parader, and Rolling Stone.  Enjoying much success in the field of photography, Sidney went on to spend much of the 1980’s and 90’s as the owner and operator of Merry Minstrel, an entertainment company that he marketed and franchised throughout numerous states around the country.  From the mid 1990’s to the present day, Sidney is owner and operator of Haunted History Tours, New Orleans’ most popular tour company.  Haunted History tours offers a wide variety of tours that are all based around the paranormal.  The tour company has been featured on A & E, the History Channel, Sci-Fi channel, Discovery, CNN, and is recommended by The Travel Channel as the #1 tour in New Orleans and the Tour not to miss!  Be sure to check out

Sidney chose to create this website after being contacted by numerous people around the world who were seeking to purchase some of his photographs from his glory days of being a Rock Star Photographer.

Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osborne, the Grateful Dead, and many many others are all featured within the photo gallery of this website.  Whether you are an individual looking for a framed photo on your living room wall, or a record company seeking photos from the past…we think that you will be amazed at this extraordinary collection of rare images.  Photographs are priced according to the manner in which they are to be used.  Please keep in mind that the online gallery is but a very small collection of Sidney’s complete work.  For more information, call 504-861-2727.

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