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This is a shot taken outside the barb wire fence of the Manzanar National Historic Site, just east of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California's Owens Valley.

Manzanar was one of 10 war relocation centers that held Japanese internees during the second world war. Two-thirds of those held at Manzanar were American citizens by birth.

Ansel Adams photographed Manzanar during the war. His work was published in the 1944 book: Born Free and Equal, Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California.

Since Adams was not permitted to photograph the guard towers of Manzanar, I thought it might be appropiate to render the tower in this shot out of focus.

Thanks for looking.




Manzanar Nikon D800 Nikkor 50mm 1.2 ais 1/8000s f1.2 ISO 100




Mar 15, 2014 at 06:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · #119 Manzanar


Great image.. love the lines/composition of it.

H



Mar 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM
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p.1 #3 · #119 Manzanar


Thanks Howard!


Mar 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM
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p.1 #4 · #119 Manzanar


Incredibly interesting story behind this image, nice job!

Mike



Mar 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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p.1 #5 · #119 Manzanar


Thanks Mike. I posted some additional Manzanar history on the Nikon manual focus thread.

In addition to Ansel Adams, one of the other Manzanar stories that fascinated me concerned Toyo Miyatake. Miyatake was a well-known Los Angeles portrait photographer before the war who was interned, along with his family, at Manzanar. Adams photographed Miyatake and his family at the camp.

Although cameras were confiscated at Manzanar, Miyatake hid a lens, film holders and a ground glass. He built a camera (with help from an auto mechanic friend) and photographed Manzanar from an internee's perspective. When camp officials found out, Miyatake's friend and fellow photographer, Edward Westin, intervened on his behalf. The camp director, Ralph Merritt, allowed Miyatake to continue taking photographs. In over three years at the camp, Miyatake produced about 1,500 images.

In 1977, UCLA held a photography exhibit of Miyatake's and Adams' work entitled “Two Views of Manzanar.”



Mar 16, 2014 at 05:56 PM





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