Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams

 In Current Exhibitions


April 1 – July 25, 2021

Adams’s Manzanar photographs, created in 1943, are a departure from his signature style of landscape photography and serve as documentation of the American concentration camp in California.  The series was originally shown in the exhibition BORN FREE AND EQUAL: An Exhibition of Ansel Adams Photographs, organized by the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History and Science in 1984. The photographs document a dark period for America and serve as a reminder “about an unfortunate moment in our country’s history that must be better understood. It also should serve as a warning as to what can occur when emotion and fear overwhelm clarity and courage.”

Also included in the exhibition are more than twenty-five various photographs, documents, and works of art that further record this era.


This exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA and presented in memory of Shizuo Tsujihara.

Sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation, Nellie & Robert Gipson, Mr. Tom Morgan & Ms. Erna J. Morgan McReynolds, NYCM Insurance, and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas O. Putnam.


Related Programs:

A Discussion with Ansel Adams’ Son, Michael Adams
Join Michael Adams for an engaging & enlightening discussion of the life and work of his father, photographer Ansel Adams, live via Zoom.
Tuesday, July 20, at 7:00 PM EDT
Tickets are $9 for Museum Members, $10 for non-Members.
Find more info and registration here…

REBROADCAST: Smuggled Lenses: The Politics of Documentary Photography at Manzanar
Join us for an important Zoom discussion about photography, culture, and Japanese-American history during World War II.
Wednesday, June 23 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
This is a rebroadcast of a live Zoom program that took place on May 15th of this year. There is no charge for this event, but if you value this type of program, please consider a donation of $10 or above in order to assist us in continuing to provide you content in the future. Thank you.
Find more info and registration here…

(Quote from Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)


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