Toyo Miyatake was a Japanese American photographer most widely known for smuggling camera parts into the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II and documenting the lives of those imprisoned. But prior to the war, he was one of several Japanese American photographers taking part in an adventurous avant-garde photography movement in Los Angeles. This video offers a glimpse into Miyatake's work before, during, and after World War II.
This video was produced as part of the exhibition "Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940," on view at the Japanese American National Museum from February 28 - June 26, 2016. For more info, visit: http://janm.org/making-waves
A production of the Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center at the Japanese American National Museum