Geography: Manzanar Relocation Center, California, United States
Medium: 1 negative: safety film; 4 x 5 in.
Ownership: Gift from the photographer, Ansel Adams, to the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Description: The photographer Ansel Adams was a acclaimed landscape photographer. Adams took many photographs in Manzanar, mostly photographs contrary to his signature style, documenting the injustice directed towards the Japanese-Americans imprisoned there. When he donated the Manzanar collection to the Library of Congress, Adams said, “The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment.”
Further Reading: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/manz/, http://old.seattletimes.com/special/centennial/june/internment.html
Authored by: Jonah Roberson, University of Oklahoma, 7 February 2019