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Guide to the Jack Iwata Collection, 1942-1945
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This collection consists of 166 photographs and copy negatives of photographs taken at Manazanar and Tule Lake concentration camps between 1942 and 1945. Subjects include scenes of daily life, group portraits, and landscapes.
Iwata, Jack Masaki (1912-1992). Photographer. Through his images, Iwata chronicled not only the evolution of U.S.-Japan relations for nearly six decades, but was especially immersed in the popular culture of both countries, photographing scores of Japanese and American celebrities in the 1950s and 60s. A Kibei Nisei born in Seattle, Iwata spent his formative years in Hiroshima Prefecture where he attended the Sotoku Chugakko. In recognition of his scholastic achievements, his father presented him with his first camera-a unique gift by any standard in Japan during that period. With the help of a local studio, Iwata learned the process for developing photos and his fascination with the craft of photography continued to blossom.
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Collection is open for research by appointment. Please contact the Japanese American National Museum's Collections Management and Access Unit at (213) 830-5615 or collections@janm.org to schedule an appointment.