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Notecard: Toyo Miyatake Images of Manzanar - Toy Loan
Item No.: 70170


Toyo Miyatake established his photography studio at a time of great growth for the Japanese American community in Los Angeles. In a career that spanned five decades, his photographs provided an intimate window into Little Tokyo and the lives of the community, as seen by someone who was actually there.

Born in 1896 in Japan, Toyo Miyatake moved to America in 1909 with his father and settled in the Little Tokyo area, where he founded his photo studio in 1923.

While interned at Manzanar during WWII, Miyatake famously built a camera body from stray pieces of wood. Attaching a lens that he had smuggled in, he now had a device to capture the life of Japanese American internees -- from the inside. His photos taken during this time reveal a perspective that differs from that of officially sanctioned photographers, which included notables such as Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. These photos were exhibited along with Adams' work in the landmark exhibition "Two Views of Manzanar" at UCLA in 1978 -- the first time Miyatake's photos were displayed outside of the Japanese American community.

The image on this card is one of Miyatake's Manzanar photos. Digitally printed on a 5" x 7" card. Comes with envelope,

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