This digital collection documents Tampa, Florida, through the lens of Skip Gandy’s camera from the 1950s to the 2010s. The Special Collections department at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus library houses additional prints, some by Skip's father, Sandy Gandy; however, this digital collection presents the majority of the Skip Gandy Photograph collection. Skip Gandy's innovative aerial photography allows us to see urban and natural settings of the Tampa Bay region. His photographs of people, events, and buildings capture Tampa as it started transforming into the third most populous city in Florida. The images are in black and white as well as in color and span the gamut of commercial photography.

Only a small sample of this robust collection is available online. To learn how to support our efforts to make the full collection available, see below.


Commercial Photography
Commercial Photography
Tampa Skyline
Aerials and Cityscapes
Florida's Environment
Florida's Environment


USF Libraries are currently fundraising to digitize the full Skip Gandy collection of Aerial and Commercial Photography. The digitization of the collection will cost $41,300. With $30,000 already committed to this project, please join our funding partners to help us complete our goal of sharing over 100 years of Tampa photography publicly available online. The Gandy collection will be made available under an Attribution 4.0 Creative Commons license.

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