Dorothea Lange’s Photos of Japanese Internment – NYTimes.com

Dorothea Lange’s Photos of Japanese Internment

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“These photographs exemplify Lange’s mastery of composition and of visual condensation of human feelings and relationships,” the historian Linda Gordon wrote in the 2006 anthology “Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment,” which brought many of the photographs to light. “They also unequivocally denounce an unjustified, unnecessary and racist policy. Ms. Lange’s critique is especially impressive given the political mood of the time,” an era when even liberal public figures, such as the celebrated writer and illustrator Dr. Seuss, gave in to fear about Japanese-Americans.

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