Born Free And Equal : Is It Best For His Black And White Photos Of The American West

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Ansel Adams was an established American landscape photographer, known best for his black-and-white photos of the American West, when he was asked by his personal friend Ralph Merritt to “document” the Manzanar War Relocation Center, who was the director of the camp (slate.com) This career move from landscape to capturing personal, human moments was a risk, but it was a risk that paid off. Adams was able to publish his photo series, unlike other famed Manzanar photographer Dorthea Lange, in a book titled Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center which was published in 1944 by U.S. Camera and circulated mostly in the United States before Adams donated the book and all the photos to the Library of Congress in 1965 (CITATION).Dorthea Lange was hired by the U.S. War Relocation Authority to take pictures of the camp in Inyo County, California before Ansel Adams to show a humane aspect of these camps. (npr.org) Unlike Adam’s photos, Lange’s photos were not allowed to be published and were actually seized by the government because they depicted a dusty, desolate wasteland where everyone seemed inconsolably depressed whereas Adam’s pictures were mostly portraits and snapshots of everyday life. (npr.org) Lange photos were on display in early 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California as part of an exhibit that featured Adam’s photos was well as the photos of Toyo Miyatake who was a Japanese-American photographer

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