Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration

Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration

by Jasmine Alinder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252033981

ISBN-13: 9780252033988

Pub. Date: 01/02/2009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

When the American government began impounding Japanese American citizens after Pearl Harbor, photography became a battleground. The control of the means of representation affected nearly every aspect of the incarceration, from the mug shots criminalizing Japanese Americans to the prohibition of cameras in the hands of inmates. The government also hired

Overview

When the American government began impounding Japanese American citizens after Pearl Harbor, photography became a battleground. The control of the means of representation affected nearly every aspect of the incarceration, from the mug shots criminalizing Japanese Americans to the prohibition of cameras in the hands of inmates. The government also hired photographers to make an extensive record of the forced removal and incarceration. In this insightful study, Jasmine Alinder explores the photographic record of the imprisonment in war relocation centers such as Manzanar, Tule Lake, Jerome, and others. She investigates why photographs were made, how they were meant to function, and how they have been reproduced and interpreted subsequently by the popular press and museums in constructing versions of public history.

Alinder provides calibrated readings of the photographs from this period, including works by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Manzanar camp inmate Toyo Miyatake (who constructed his own camera to document the complicated realities of camp life), and contemporary artists Patrick Nagatani and Masumi Hayashi. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, Moving Images reveals the significance of the camera in the process of incarceration as well as the construction of race, citizenship, and patriotism in this complex historical moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252033988
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/02/2009
Series:
Asian American Experience Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword Roger Daniels xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

1 When the Innocents Suffer: Dorothea Lange and the War Relocation Authority 23

2 The Landscape of Loyalty: Ansel Adams's Born Free and Equal 44

3 The Right to Represent: Toyo Miyatake's Photographs of Manzanar 75

4 Art/History: Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in the Museum 103

5 Virtual Pilgrimage: The Contemporary Incarceration Photography of Patrick Nagatani and Masumi Hayashi 126

Epilogue 155

Notes 163

Bibliography 189

Index 201

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