Cameras were banned in Japanese internment camps until 1943. It was after that point that Bill Manbo began documenting his life as an internee at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Park County, Wyo. University of North Carolina professor Eric L. Muller compiled the images into the new book “Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II.” Here are some of Manbo’s photographs.
In this family portrait by Japanese American internee Bill Manbo, Junzo Itaya’s tie flips in the Wyoming wind. Manbo was forced with his family and in-laws into the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Park County, Wyo., where he made a stunning set of Kodachromes of internee life, family life and unabashed multiculturalism. The other family members in this photograph are, from left, Riyo Itaya, Sammy Itaya, Mary Manbo and Eunice Itaya. Bill Manbo/University of North Carolina Press and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University Buy Photo