“Umi’s photographs are exuberant, full of the Spirit. What Spirit? The spirit of survival, rhythm, and beauty—that flame of the African Diaspora that can never be extinguished.” –Chester Higgins, Jr. (New York Times photographer)


Umi tells stories through intimate portraits and captured moments when
“people become drums and drums become people” as Zora Neale Hurston once wrote.

His work has been exhibited at the Jon Onye Lockhard Gallery at the University of Michigan, at La Casa de Cultura in Palma Soriano, Cuba, at the Sargeant Johnson Gallery at the African American Culture Complex in San Francisco, and the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland. Umi’s photo-based public art is included in the permanent collection of Alameda County and has been commissioned by the City of Oakland.