Ansel Adams Photography Study, Manzanar Internment Camp

A World War 2 Japanese internment camp featured in the memoir “Farewell to Manzanar” (940.54 HOU), was photographed by Ansel Adams and presented by the Library of Congress. (

Adams, well known for his landscape photography, stated in a letter to the Library of Congress that “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 [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment….All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use.”

Check out “Farewell to Manzanar” in the Library.

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