Moving Images

Moving Images: Photography and the
Japanese American Incarceration

Talk by Jasmine Alinder

Thursday, September 23 - 6:00 p.m.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle WA 98122


Event Overview

"A sophisticated and deeply historical book that illustrates the multiple roles photographs played in the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII."
  -- Martin A. Berger, author of Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture

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.


6:00 p.m. Introduction by historian Roger Daniels
6:10 p.m.Jasmine Alinder speaks about her book
7:00 p.m. Audience questions
7:20 p.m.Book signing


This event is free of charge. No tickets are required, but please RSVP to [email protected] or 206-320-0095. Seating is unreserved.


Elliott Bay Book Company is located at 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle WA 98122, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood business district.
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Book Sales

Books will be available for purchase at the event.


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Event Co-sponsors

Densho presents this event with support from 4Culture.

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