Friday, October 28, 2016

Ansel Adams' Internment Photos

Did you know that in 1943 famed photographer Ansel Adams documented life at the Manzanar War Relocation Camp? You can find them all in his book Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese Americans.

Assuming you don't have the spare $150 to drop on that out-of-print tome — and, FWIW, prices just go up from there into the thousands — you can find the collection digitized online via the Library of Congress.

Here, for example, is Manzanar from Guard Tower, view west (Sierra Nevada in background), Manzanar Relocation Center, California.


The collection is a powerful visual accompaniment to the Allegiance musical that I just told you to go and see on December 13.


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