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11/06/2006 09:43:19 AM · #1
... have finally been released, after being suppressed and hidden in the National Archives. NY Times article here (free registration may be needed).

An interesting exerpt from the end of the article:

"In shooting the photos of the internees, Lange was determined to produce an accurate record of what she had seen, Ms. Gordon said.

“She deliberately submerged some of her aesthetic principals because she was committed to making a documentary record,” Ms. Gordon said. “She was above all a portrait photographer, interested in the individual. In these photographs she is sometimes ignoring the individual to capture the whole experience. But they always show her beautiful, very classical compositions.”

11/06/2006 10:28:25 AM · #2
Thanks for posting the link, Paul. Incredibly powerful photos. I was unaware that she had done this work. I'm going to have to find a copy of the book.
11/06/2006 10:58:17 AM · #3
Wow, very interesting article General, thanks for posting. I don't know the history of other camps, I'll have to look into it. I have a book on Manzanar with photos by Ansel, and it's quite a different story than what's revealed in that article. I've often wondered if the photos that Ansel took (or that were released) portrayed a lighter side to the internment camp for perhaps propaganda reasons. Here's a link to many of Ansel's Manzanar images at the Library of Congress, and a link to an Ansel exhibit coming up at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles for those interested.

My grandfather was (and I'm not saying this proudly) a director or something along that level at the Manzanar camp, his actual title was classified so nobody in my family knows and his secret went with him when he passed 20+ years ago. Here's a photo from Manzanar I recently took (shameless plug):
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It's a sad part of American history that often goes overlooked. Sorry if I rambled on there.

11/06/2006 10:27:59 PM · #4
Bump for the (late) evening crowd.
I found a copy of this for a very reasonable price on Amazon, went ahead and ordered it.
11/07/2006 11:23:37 AM · #5
Thank you so much for the link.

I've admired the work of Dorothea Lange for a long time. I'm also rather interested in the history of the internments, both in the US (because of the camps by Heart Mountain in Wyoming) and in Canada (because of the camps in the Slocan Valley).

Chapters/Indigo also has the book.
08/09/2020 06:42:36 PM · #6
The Oakland Museum of California has now posted online images from Lange's personal archive -- link at the end of this article.
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