Elusive Truth—Four Photographers at Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Clem Albers, Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake

Gerald H. Robinson,
Introduction by Archie Miyatake
Return of a classic!

In 1942 the United States government declared 110,000 American Japanese residents a threat to national security and incarcerated them in eleven relocation camps around the country. This book tells the story of one such camp, Manzanar, located near Lone Pine in the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada.

These four renowned photographers photographed Manzanar and its residents at various time throughout its three year existence, telling the Manzanar story from four different perspectives. Taken together, they offer a glimpse of the elusive truth of relocation camps—a cautionary and poignant tale of pain, injustice, and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and oppression.

While all the photos vividly tell parts of the story, the work of Miyatake carries the greatest resonance and show the most compassion. A camp resident who had long been a close friend of Edward Weston, Miyatake had to smuggle in lenses and film and surreptitiously build a lightproof box to begin his record of camp life because, as a camp resident, he was not allowed to possess a camera, even though photography had been his trade for more than 20 years.

Second Edition published January 2008 with improved reproduction of the photographs

112 pages, 8" x 10", cover photograph by Ansel Adams, 60 full-size photographs, bibliography, index, end notes. Published by Carl Mautz Publishing.
ISBN 1-887694-24-2 trade paper




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