Photo Essay: Manzanar From the Inside
Interned Photographer Jack Iwata's Experience at Manzanar Relocation Center
In addition to being one of the 11,070 Japanese-Americans incarcerated at Manzanar Relocation Center, acclaimed photographer Jack Iwata worked for better-known Toyo Miyatake before going on to photograph the likes of Elvis Presley, Bette Davis, and Elizabeth Taylor for Kyodo News Service.
Born in Seattle but raised in Japan, Iwata was gifted his first camera from his father and by 1937 began working in Miyatake’s studio. However, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Iwata, like thousands of other Japanese-Americans, was forcibly removed with his wife to Manzanar Relocation Center.
While at the center Iwata continued to take photos, chronicling his time spent at both Manzanar and Tule Lake. With the assistance of the Japanese American National Museum’s Jack Iwata Collection, we have compiled a series of Iwata’s photographs from his time at the relocation center.