Lewis Watts is a photographer, archivist/curator and Professor Emeritus of Art at UC Santa Cruz where he taught for 14 years and before that at UC Berkeley. His work centers around the “cultural landscape” primarily in communities occupied by people of African descent. He is the co-author of Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era” 2006, 2017 and “New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition” UC Press 2013. His work has been exhibited at and/or is in the collections of: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Citè de La Musique, Paris France, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, The Oakland Museum of California, The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, Hartford, Conn and the Newburger Museum of Art, Purchase NY among others.


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