Manzanar calisthenics 0016u


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Female internees practicing calisthenics at Manzanar War Relocation Center, Owens Valley, California. In 1943, Ansel Adams followed an invitation by newly appointed camp director Ralph Merritt to photograph the everyday life of the Japanese American internees in the camp. Unlike his colleague Dorothea Lange, whose pictures for the War Relocation Authority focused on the hardship and humiliation of the deportation and internment, Adams's intent was to "show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, (…) had overcome the sense of defeat and despair by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment." (Ansel Adams, 1965)
Item Title
Calesthenics [sic] / photograph by Ansel Adams.
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984, photographer.
Group of girls standing in line formation, each one reaching both of her arms straight out to the side.
Title transcribed from Ansel Adams' caption on verso of print.
Original neg. no.: LC-A35-6-M-8.
Gift; Ansel Adams; 1965-1968.
Forms part of
Manzanar War Relocation Center photographs.
  • Manzanar War Relocation Center--1940-1950.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans--California--Manzanar.
  • Japanese Americans--California--Manzanar--1940-1950.
  • Calisthenics--California--Manzanar--1940-1950.
  • Physical education--California--Manzanar--1940-1950.
  • Girls--California--Manzanar--1940-1950.
  • Gelatin silver prints--1940-1950.
  • Nitrate negatives--1940-1950.
1 photographic print : gelatin silver.
1 negative : nitrate.
Call Number
LOT 10479-7, no. 11
LC-DIG-ppprs-00419 DLC (b&w digital file from original print)
LC-DIG-ppprs-00160 DLC (b&w digital file from original neg.)
LC-A35-T01-6-M-8 DLC (b&w film dup. neg.)
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Part of
Ansel Adams Manzanar War Relocation Center photographs
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital ID
(original print) ppprs 00419 https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppprs.00419
(original neg.) ppprs 00160 https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppprs.00160

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