The recent photos of the internment sites most of them long abandoned reset the stage so that we see what was there terrain and views of nature before the camps were buil. When the US government incarcerated 120000 Japanese Americans as “domestic enemy aliens” during World War II most other Americans succumbed to their fears and endorsed the confinement of their fellow citizens Ten “relocation centers” were scattered across the West Today in the crumbling foundations overgrown yards and material artifac.
T and occupied The book includes some officialphotos mostly upbeat put out by the government at the time and they provide a somewhat surreal contrast to the new picturesA. Ts of these former internment camps we can still sense the injustices suffered there Placing Memory is a powerful visual record of the internment Featuring Todd Stewart’s stunning color photographs of the sites as they appear today the book provides a rigorous visual survey of the physical features of the camps roads architectural remains
Few photos by an internee who smuggled in a forbidden camera offer another perspective The content text and photos is well organized The book deserved careful proofreading. Nd monuments along with maps and statistical informationAlso included in this volume juxtaposed with Stewart’s modern day images are the black and white photographs commissioned during the 1940s by the War Relocation Authority Thoughtful essays by Karen Leong Natasha Egan and John Tateishi provide provocative context for all the photographs.