March 13, 2012

Toyo Miyatake, well-known Issei photographer, received permission to take photographs at the Manzanar concentration camp, California. However, because of War Relocation Authority rules, Toyo was allowed to set up the shot, but then only a white photographer could actually take the picture. In this clip, Toyo’s son Archie tells the story of how his father managed to get around this restriction. Archie Miyatake’s full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.

View the Archive Spotlight interview excerpt