"A sophisticated and deeply historical book that illustrates the multiple roles photographs played in the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII."
Jasmine Alinder will speak about her book Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration, an insightful study that examines how photography was used to document and present the World War II impounding of Japanese Americans. The author provides calibrated readings of photographs taken by Dorothea Lange, hired by the government to record the forced removal to "assembly centers"; Manzanar inmate Toyo Miyatake, who covertly constructed his own camera to document camp life; Ansel Adams, who attempted to counter negative war propaganda through his photographs of Manzanar; and contemporary artists Patrick Nagatani and Masumi Hayashi, who revisit the former camps to help bridge intergenerational divides. Alinder investigates why the photographs were made, how they were meant to function, and how they have been reproduced and interpreted subsequently by the popular press and museums in constructing versions of public history.
About the Author
Jasmine Alinder is an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Her areas of interest include the history of photography, critical race studies, and visual culture. She is also the co-coordinator of the Public History Program at UWM.
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