Dorothea Lange was hired by the War Relocation Authority to photograph the Japanese-American internment. Her powerful images, including this picture of dust storm at Manzanar taken in 1942, were not widely seen until long after the war.
Dorothea Lange-Courtesy of National Archives
Tom Parker?s 1942 photograph, taken in Amache, Colo., shows a Japanese artist at work --with a small but attentive audience.
Tom Parker-Courtesy of National Archives
Ansel Adams, far more famous for his western landscapes, photographed internees leaving Manzanar in 1943. Those lucky enough to find a sponsor on the east coast, where worries about Japanese-American were less severe, could sometimes leave the camps.
Ansel Adams-Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Henry Sugimoto?s 1943 oil painting of his mother captured a woman who had an artist son interned at Jerome, Ark., and another son serving in the U.S. military overseas.
Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum
Chiura Obata, who made a series of sketches on display at "Art of Gaman," was a professor of art at the University of Berkeley before he was interned.
Karin Nelson-Private Collection
This teapot was made from slate by Homei Iseyama. The artist used locally available stone to continue carving teapots, dishes, inkwells and bowls in a traditional Japanese style. Before and after the war, he was a landscape gardener.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of Carolyn Holden, Aiko Iseyama and Family
Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, the subject of a 2006 documentary "The Cats of Mirikitani," spent many of his latter years on the streets in New York. He painted this image of Tule Lake, Calif., where he was interned around 1945.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of Hiroshi Sakai Estate and Family
S. Kawamoto, arrested in a massive roundup of ?enemy aliens? and interred at the Santa Fe Detention Center, made this intriguing painting on a slab of natural wood.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of Mary Tsuyuke Collection of Mary Tsuyuke Nakagawa
Kichitaro Kawase, who died three weeks before he and his family were scheduled to be released in 1945, made this butsudan, or family shrine, from scrap wood, paint and metal.
Terry Heffernan-ollection of Haruo Kawase and Family
This model of a barracks, made of scrap wood and toothpicks, captures some of the flimsiness of the real-life structures, which afforded families very little privacy. It was made by a Mr. Toshima, at Rohwer, Ark.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of Irene Furuoka and Family
George Tamura was fifteen years old when he painted these images of Tule Lake, in water color, on the back of Army evacuation notices. They capture the provisional nature of the landscape remade by guard towers, barbed wire and cheap housing.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of National Japanese American Historical Society
Edward Jitsue Kurushima, who made this detailed toy train, was interned at Poston, Ariz.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of Eastern California Museum, County of Inyo
The mother of George Matsushita made this traditional senninbari vest for her son. These garments of ?thousand-person stitches? honored sons heading of to war. Matsushita served the United States in Italy.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of Japanese American Archival Collection Library, California State University, Sacramento
Farmer Akira Oye, who was sent to Rohwer, Ark., carved this cow from pine wood. He stopped carving after the war.
Terry Heffernan-Courtesy of Ron and Michiko Oye and Family
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