A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment
ISBN10: 080613951X ISBN13: 9780806139517 Contributors: Egan, Natasha (Contributor); LEONG, KAREN J. (Contributor) Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr (T) Published: Nov 30 2008 Pages: 121 Weight: 2.24lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 11.75" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Placing Mnnory is a powerful visual record of the internment. Featuring Todd Stewart's stunning color photographs of the sites as they appear today, the book is not only an aesthetic tour de force. It also provides a rigorous visual survey of the physical features of the camps - roads, architectural remains, and monuments - along with maps, statistical information, and archival photographs. Stewart's haunting photographs take us to places such as Heart Mountain, Minidoka, Gila River, and Manzanar, which, although abandoned for fifty years, still convey the unmistakable presence of the thousands interned. Also included in this volume - juxtaposed with Stewart's modern-day images - are the black-and-white photographs commissioned during the 1940s by the War Relocation Authority. Thoughtful essays by Asian American studies scholar Karen J, Leong, photography curator Natasha Egan, and community leader - and former internee - John Tateishi provide provocative context for all the photographs. Placing Memory makes a powerful statement about racial intolerance and injustice. It is a lasting record of a regrettable program and a poignant meditation on the importance of commemorating injustice.