Eyewitness: Photojournalist Stan Honda, September 11, and the Japanese American Experience
Screening at the National Museum from September 11 through January 4, 2004
**Due to the significance of the subject matter and the positive feedback, the screening of the documentary "Eyewitness" has been extended to give as many of our visitors the opportunity to view it.**
The iconic images of dazed, dust-enveloped victims that riveted public attention from the pages and covers of national publications following the attack on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001, were the extraordinary work of veteran photojournalist Stan Honda. The photographer’s own commentary about working only a few blocks from ground zero during that tragic event will accompany the projections of these haunting, unforgettable images that one media commentator observed, “put a face on the human witness and survivor stories.”
Also included will be photographs taken by Honda on his visits to nine of the camp sites where Japanese Americans were confined during World War II. (Honda’s own parents were incarcerated at Poston, Arizona.) The juxtaposition of these images poignantly reminds viewers of the parallels between the treatment of Arab Americans in the aftermath of 9/11 and the experiences of Japanese Americans in 1941.
Honda, a sansei, is currently a staff photographer for Agence France-Presse, an international wire service based in New York.
A Production of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center.