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Portraits from 'a great injustice'

Published 12:29 AM ET, Sat February 18, 2017
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In 1943, legendary photographer Ansel Adams took portraits of Japanese-Americans interned at Manzanar Relocation Camp in California. "The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and despair by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment," Adams stated in a letter written when he offered the collection of images to the Library of Congress. Pictured: Corporal Jimmy Shohara Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Nurse Aiko Hamaguchi Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Frank Noboo Horosawa, rubber chemist Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Louise Tami Nakamura Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Joyce Yuki Nakamura Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Kishio Matoba Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Michael Yonemetsu, X-ray specialist Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Miss Tetsuko Murakami Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Teruko Kiyomura, bookkeeper Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Toyo Miyatake, photographer Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Mrs. May Ichide, Sunday school teacher Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Private Kato Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Bert K. Miura, clothing designer Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Miss Michiko Sugawara, stenographer Ansel Adams/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division