During World War II, Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams captured in black and white photographs the lives of American citizens swept by war hysteria into incarceration camps. NPR’s All Things Considered recently covered their personal visions of the camps, in addition to the photographs by Toyo Miyatake, a Japanese American photographer who was interned at the Manzanar camp.
[NPR] Photos: 3 Very Different Views Of Japanese Internment: “She captured the confused and chaotic scenes of Japanese-Americans crowding onto buses and trains, the stressed and confused looks on their faces, their shuttered businesses, the threadbare barracks that would become their homes for months or years.” Read more and view photos
- [Skirball Cultural Center] Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams: “These photographs were the subject of Adams’s controversial book Born Free and Equal, published in 1944 while war was still being waged. The book protested the treatment of these American citizens and what Adams called their “enforced exodus.” Read more
- [Densho] Densho’s extensive digital collections chronicle the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.