Ansel Adams’ Pictures of an American Concentration Camp During WWII
Take a long look. This is what it looks like when prejudice overcomes liberty and sensibility in war. This is what Trump wants with Mexicans and Muslims. This is what we must not ever do again. Not even if ISIS hits us harder that AQ, harder than it hit France.
This Page is intended to make for an easy pushback on the bigots and the boors who call for mass deportations. The denial of sanctuary for those running from war, ethnic cleansing and torture.
Ansel Adams is best known for his breathtaking landscape photos, but he photographed much more than nature during his decades-long career. In 1943, already the best-known American photographer, Adams visited the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California, one of the concentration (or “relocation”) camps the US gathered Japanese-Americans into during World War II. After Pearl Harbor in 1941, a presidential executive order led to over 110,000 Japanese-Americans being forced from their homes in western states and sent to 10 relocation camps. Adams was angered by this, as someone he knew was relocated, so he jumped at the opportunity to photograph the Manzanar camp when they asked.