Remembering Photographer Weiferd Watts

September 26, 2013
Weiferd Watts

Weiferd Watts, Photographer
(9/26/1956 – 10/10/2010)

September 26th marks the birthday of the incredibly gifted and humble artist, Weiferd Watts, who was widely recognized for his photography of dancers, body builders, fitness trainers and models.

Here, we look back at some of those rare moments when Weiferd was actually in front of the camera and not behind it.

Weiferd Watts was born in San Francisco, CA on September 26, 1956.

Weiferd Watts

Weiferd Watts

 

He spent his early years in Berkeley, CA and, later moved to Oakland where, in 1974, he graduated from Fremont High School. Throughout his childhood, Weiferd displayed great artistic ability, which led to his attending the California School of Arts and Crafts. In time, he developed a passion for taking snapshots and attended San Francisco City College to further his knowledge and skills in photography.

Weiferd’s devotion to his craft served him well. Over the years, because of his expertise and creativity, Weiferd was highly sought after as a photographer.

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Another Side of Weiferd

Although most recognized for his skills behind a camera, Weiferd worked in the banking industry for nearly 30 years with Bank of California and Union Bank.

Weiferd Watts, high school photo

Weiferd Watts, high school photo

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A Favorite Hobby Was…Bicycling

Weiferd Watts with his bicycle in Lake Tahoe.

Weiferd Watts with his bicycle in Lake Tahoe, CA.

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Always a Flair For the Dramatic!!

Weiferd Watts “posing” for the camera

Here’s Weiferd Watts “posing” for the camera

In fact, Weiferd was truly a dancer at heart. His incredible sense of line, expression, composition, and timing always brought out the best of any subject he was photographing.

Last, but not least, Weiferd will always be remembered—and greatly missed—for his warmth, kindness, and sense of humor. He loved to laugh and make others laugh as well.

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As a Tribute to Weiferd Watts…

There is a special exhibit, “Weiferd Watts – A Dancer’s Form”, currently on display at the San Francisco Public Library. The exhibit opened on September 21, 20113 and will run through January 2, 2014. More information on how to attend can be found: Here.

 

Below are just a few examples of Weiferd’s amazing work.

Shannon Chain Dietzmann, formerly of American Ballet Theatre & Zurich Ballet, Photography by Weiferd Watts

Shannon Chain Dietzmann, formerly of American Ballet Theatre & Zurich Ballet, Photography by Weiferd Watts

 

Jean Michelle at the Bunkers, photo by Weiferd Watts

Jean Michelle at the Bunkers, March 2010,
Photo by Weiferd Watts

 

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One Response to Remembering Photographer Weiferd Watts

  1. June Jordan
    October 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Thank you so much for that information.I have always wondered about Weiferds early years.