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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.”