Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment
Edited by Linda Gordon and Gary Y.Okihiro
Censored by the US Army, Dorothea Lange's unseen photographs are the extraordinary photographic record of the Japanese American internment saga.
This work of visual and social history confirms Lange's stature as one of the twentieth century's greatest American photographers. Impounded evokes the horror of a community uprooted in the early 1940s and the stark reality of the internment camps. Historians Linda Gordon and Gary Okihiro illuminate the story of the Japanese American internment: from life before Executive Order 9066 to the abrupt round-ups and the marginal existence in the bleak, wind-swept camps. Impounded, with the immediacy of its photographs, tells the story of the thousands of lives shattered by racial hatred brought on by the passions of war.
"In these days of fear of the terrorist 'other', reading this measured, intelligent introduction to a time that is all-too possible to imagine recurring, and looking at Lange's photos... may be one of the most useful things one can do this Christmas."
Christmas Books, The Sunday Times
"The humanity and displaced domesticity in evidence are disconcerting and the pictures together with two essays, on the work of Lange and the history of the internment, make for a handsome volume and important document."
"[The] images show Americans of Japanese extraction being relocated to 'assembly centres', labelled and processed like cattle and closeted away in dismal shacks for the duration of the war... No wonder her pictures were never used and disappeared for half a century."
"Through her discerning and sensitive eye, Lange's observations of the situation were too real and too critical for the government, and were consequently confiscated."
November 2006 • £21.99 • ISBN 978 0 393 06073 7 • 288pp • 178 x 235mm • 119 photographs; 2 maps
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March 2008 • Paper • £13.99 • ISBN 978 0 393 33090 8 • 224pp • 178 x 235mm • 119 photographs; 2 maps
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