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National Archives and Records Association

‘Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II’

The photographers who documented the unconstitutional forced removal and incarceration of roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II—the consequence of a 1942 executive order by President Franklin D. Roosevelt—are at the center of a new show at the International Center of Photography. Outside observers like Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers, and Ansel Adams—all of whom photographed a camp at Manzanar, in California’s Owens Valley—took revealing pictures of families imprisoned and pulled from their homes. (“Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus,” one of Lange’s pictures from May 1942, appears alongside Jed S. Rakoff’s piece in the April 5, 2018 issue.) The ICP show includes a selection of those pictures as well as the work of the interned photographer Tōyō Miyataoke, who smuggled a camera into Manzanar and documented conditions there from the inside. 

For more information, visit icp.org.

Category: Exhibition
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