Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration
Text by Elizabeth Partridge
Images by Lauren Tamaki
Chronicle Books, USA, 2022
What the jury said:
The jury selected this book for the ways in which photography plays a seminal role in telling this story. Through expository texts, thought-provoking questions, documents, photographs, and original illustrations, readers are offered a complex set of ways to make sense of what happened in the camp. Three photographers’ works offer differing perspectives: Lange, through her lens of protest of the incarceration, Miyatake, through his hidden camera and an insider perspective as a Japanese American, and Adams, through his landscape photography and focus on the loyalty of the Japanese Americans as US citizens. This book pays homage to the power of photography in documenting and revealing circumstances that were kept impounded and hidden from public view during the war.