Los Angeles

Two Views Of Manzanar

Frederick S. Wight Gallery, U.C.L.A.

At UCLA’s Frederick S. Wight Gallery, another photography exhibition studies an earlier collection of immigrants to Southern California: Japanese-Americans interned in relocation camps during World War II. Three graduate students, Graham Howe, Patrick Nagatani and Scott Rankin, organized the exhibition “Two Views of Manzanar,” which brings together photos by Ansel Adams and Toyo Miyatake of a relocation camp in California’s Owens Valley. Executive Order 9066 obliged Americans of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes and possessions for relocation centers in order that U.S. security could be most efficiently maintained. This breach of constitutional rights sent the photographer Miyatake and his family to Manzanar, and brought the sympathetic Adams (whose houseman, a Japanese national, had been interned as an alien to the camp) to report the effects of the government’s outrageous order.

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