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    Re: Three Views of Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

    https://www.exploratorium.edu/nagasa...journey/01.gif

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a7324891.html

    A very different view of the times from Japan by a Photographer documenting Nagasaki. It has become a traveling Photographic Exhibit and is as powerful when viewing as anything one will ever see. Adams and Lange worked in the US - within the system even as they documented with images that could not be published at the time. Yamahata worked within the system to document what happened in Nagasaki - within 24 hours of the Bombing. Later the book and exhibits.

    Too easy to get into politics and polemic - so look at the images on both sides and see what they document. How the photographers worked with the access they had at the time. The resulting images are what we have - for whatever purpose one assigns them. On both sides of the Pacific the stories are powerfully told in Photographs and document a reality we still live with. No matter the arguments and discussions, we have the images. The power of the Image comes through.
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    Re: Three Views of Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

    Many of the Adams prints and negatives are available online from the Library of Congress.

    https://www.loc.gov/collections/anse...is-collection/

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    Re: Three Views of Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

    If you don't mind second or third generation copies involving old Super-XX film. That type of film was ideal for preserving tonality, but has quite a bit of additive grain gain each generation. I've made enhanced prints from Library of Congress negs for historical sleuths.
    Last edited by Drew Wiley; 5-Mar-2020 at 13:20.

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    Re: Three Views of Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

    Some great comments in this thread. Many (all?) of you may know that a book titled "Manzanar" was published in the late 80s. It has a large selection of photographs by Ansel Adams, an essay by John Hersey (same author who wrote "Hiroshima"), and some recollections by former camp internees. It's easily available at https://www.amazon.com/Manzanar-Pete...dp/0812917278/ or your preferred book outlet. Not to be confused with other books that I think are just reprints of the Library of Congress duplications.

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    Re: Three Views of Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

    It might be interesting to see what the visitor center there has now. It wasn't completed last time I was at Manzanar, and I don't expect to be that way again until August. It get's pretty hot by mid-morning that time of year; certainly wouldn't have been comfortable without AC back in internment days. There are also some interesting former trailer camp sites in that area that were abandoned after their water was diverted, likewise with spectacular mountain backdrops. There are good car camping locations uphill in the aspens, considerably cooler in summer.
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    I don't know how well it is generally known but some of the internment camps were located in southeast Arkansas, including one called Rowher.

    Allen H. Eaton published a book about internment camps, entitled Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our Relocation Camps, with foreword by Eleanor Roosevelt

    http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Beaut...d_Wire_(book)/

    Eaton included in the book a number of photographs by a photographer from Arkansas named Paul Farris, who was also an English Professor at a college in Arkansas. And exhibition was held a few years ago in Little Rock of the documentary work by Farris
    https://rivermarket.info/events/rive...e-american-inc

    The exhibition was organized by Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, a history professor at Arkansas State University, who worked in cooperation with Mary Ann Thurmond and Tim Faris, the children of the late Paul and Ann Faris, to collect the 40 photographs featured in the exhibition.

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