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Photographs of Manzanar (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ansel Adams

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Manzanar was one of ten relocation centers formed by an executive order issued by President Roosevelt in early 1942, just a few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. About 110,000 people of Japanese descent were interned in these camps; of those, over 60% were native born American citizens. There were no charges of disloyalty, no trials, and no hearings. While the internment is almost universally recognized today as unjust, at the time it was strongly supported by most Americans, especially on the west coast. In 1983 a commission established by the US Congress called the internment "unjust and motivated by racism rather than real military necessity" and reparations were paid. The US Supreme Court never explicitly ruled the internment unconstitutional.

The following is from the Library of Congress website:

"In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) photographed the Manzanar War Relocation Center at the suggestion of its director, his good friend and fellow Sierra Club member, Ralph Merritt. Adams wanted to contribute to the war effort while at the same time show the loyalty of the Japanese-Americans interned at Manzanar, located in Inyo County, California, approximately 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles. In 1944, some of these images were published in [Adams's] book Born Free and Equal. The book had a limited circulation, perhaps due to the political climate of war-time America. When offering the collection to the Library, Adams said in a letter, 'All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use...The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and despair by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment.'

"Beginning in 1965, Adams gave 241 original negatives and 209 photographic prints to the Library. Adams printed the photographs in the 1960's. By this time, his outstanding darkroom style produced prints with rich tonalities. The Library's Duplication Services does not attempt to duplicate [Adams's] printing style. Adams often cropped his images and his prints are frequently much darker than those printed by the Library's Duplication Services, so patrons ordering prints will not receive ones exactly as Adams would have printed them."

There are 244 images in this collection on the LoC site, and all of them appear in this book, along with his original captions (complete with misspellings). The notation "[in book]" at the end of a capton indicates that the image was in Born Free and Equal.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Window to a strange time 6. März 2013
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I was very interested to get a copy of this ebook, both because I am a history buff, but more specifically because I am an American of Japanese decent that has always been curious about what both of my parents lived through during the war years. The pictures are amazing both in the breadth of content, but also in their candid nature. The book reflects both my mother's sentiment that the camps were hard, and my father's remembrances that they occasionally had fun with a baseball game or group activity. Ultimately, these beautiful pictures reflect a slice of American history that is rarely discussed and becoming increasingly unknown to younger generations. I applaud the book, both in terms of deepening a historical record, but also in implicitly saluting the hundreds of thousands who spent years "re-located" from their real lives.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History captured only as Ansel Adams could 6. März 2013
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A mix of history and art captured only as Ansel Adams could. At first I had wished there were more descriptive text, but that would have actually prevented the photography from telling the story...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A striking look at life in a US internment camp. 6. März 2013
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What struck me about this book was not just the beauty of Ansel Adam's photography. The surprising array of jobs and activities that Ansel Adams photographed made it seem like the world of the camp was full and complete. Ironically, by showing us a world that contains so much he brings home the fact of just how isolated these people were.

Since I know very little of the history of these camps I found myself wishing for more in-depth commentary throughout the book.

Very glad to have read it. Opened my eyes and made me think.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An unexpected and fascinating documentary 6. März 2013
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I was completely unfamiliar with this aspect of Ansel Adams' work and find it fascinating. The sordid episode of American history documented here is a reminder that even our republic is capable of the most ridiculous, unjust and totalitarian behavior at times. It serves as a warning that upholding the Constitution is of paramount importance at all times. It is only slightly comforting that the living conditions portrayed in the book are apparently adequate, albeit spartan, and that there are no visible signs of cruelty.

The photographs themselves remind me, again, of Ansel Adams' mastery of composition and exposure. There are portraits that could have been taken yesterday, so timeless are they. The banality of daily existence is well portrayed, as is the spartan nature of the internment camp. But, even then, the beauty of the surrounding landscape is clear.

This is a very complete collection. Many of the photographs are repeated, with slightly different composition and exposure. I guess even Ansel Adams didn't always get it right with just one shot.

As a study of a historical event, and as a view into a master photographer at work, this is very good indeed. At the price, it's a no-brainer. This has made me want to dive into Marc's work a lot more.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A sad era of American history recorded by a photographic master. 5. März 2013
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A poignant record of a sad and shameful era in American history, whilst Adams recorded a positive outlook generally, i.e., energetic workers and smiling faces, the underlying stupidity of segregation because of race and ethnicity is so apparent.
The photographic expertise of Adams is evident in most shots, his understanding of light and exposure has set benchmarks for those of us who have worked in film and darkrooms in the past.
Marc Rochkind is to be commended for reaching out to the Internet community with this digital version, thank you Marc.
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