For Nashville photographer Bob Schatz, art often imitates life. His professional work has taken him around the globe on photographic assignments. In turn, private encounters on his journeys fuel his interests as a creative person.

Employed as a commercial artist for over 30 years, Schatz has garnered numerous awards for corporate, advertising, and editorial photography. He is also a fine-arts photographer, and his images can be found in the permanent collections of the Tennessee State Museum, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and others.

Schatz has published books that feature his photographs, including Tennessee: Simply Beautiful, Tennessee Impressions, and Nashville By Design: Architectural Treasures. He claims, “I always want to be an activist in the community and to find ways to point out what good architecture and design are and what we should value in our community.”

Recent adventures have taken Schatz to Israel, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, among other places. He was hired recently by Lifeway Christian Resources to take part in a mission to interpret historical sites. Schatz captured scenes of markets, streets, and locals in these foreign streets and neighborhoods. He enjoyed glancing into the worlds of other cultures and peoples. He explains, “I have wanderlust; I love to travel, seeking what I can find along the way.”

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