Ansel Adams at Manzanar, organized by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, includes over 50 vintage prints from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Japanese American National Museum.
From 1943 to 1944, Ansel Adams made a number of trips to Manzanar concentration camp, located in California's Inyo County to the east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His photographs capture the stark lives of thousands of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II and remain among the most powerful photographic records of the camp experience as seen through the lens of an American master. Adams's photographs were exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and published in the 1945 book Born Free and Equal.
The exhibition is guest curated by Dr. Anne Hammond, photo historian and author of Ansel Adams: Divine Performance, who lives and teaches in Oxford, England.
In the Dr. & Mrs. Edison Miyawaki Gallery and Taul & Sachiko Watanabe Gallery at the Japanese American National Museum.
The Los Angeles presentation of Ansel Adams at Manzanar is made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Aratani Foundation, Sumi Fukushima Hughes, Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation, Samuel T. Naito, Cindy Omiya, Michael & Karen Schneickert, William G. & Carol K. Ouchi, and Gordon Yamate & Deborah Shiba, D.D.S.
Additional support was provided by Bruce T. & Frances M. Kaji, Sidney & Minnie Kosasa, and Sanbo Sakaguchi, M.D.
Media sponsors: LA 18 KSCI-TV and The Rafu Shimpo