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Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's most well-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese-Americans interned there during World War II. Adams's Manzanar work is a departure from his signature style landscape photography. Although a majority of the more than 200 photographs are portraits, the images also include views of daily life, agricultural scenes, and sports and leisure activities

The Library of Congress has owned these pictures since the 1960s.  However, for the first time, digital scans of both Adams's original negatives and his photographic prints appear side by side allowing viewers to see Adams's darkroom technique, in particular, how he cropped his prints.

 

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