ICP, International Center of Photography, NYC, Japan, Japanese Americans, WWII, incarceration, internment, photography, camps, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake, exhibition, Executive Order 9066

Photography Exhibition Documenting Japanese American Incarceration at ICP 🗓 🗺

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Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II

Friday, January 26 through Sunday, May 6

ICP Museum – 250 Bowery

Admission: $14 adults/$12 seniors/$10 students/Free members and children 14 and under

The International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, presents Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, an exhibition that examines a dark episode in US history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents of Japanese descent during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled.

ICP, International Center of Photography, NYC, Japan, Japanese Americans, WWII, incarceration, internment, photography, camps, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake, exhibition, Executive Order 9066
Dorothea Lange, Woodland, California, May 20, 1942. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration

Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, set in motion the forced removal and imprisonment of all people of Japanese ancestry (citizens and non-citizens alike) living on or near the West Coast. This exhibition features works by renowned photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others documenting the eviction of Japanese Americans and permanent Japanese residents from their homes as well as their subsequent lives in incarceration camps. Also included are photographs by incarcerated photographer Toyo Miyatake.

This timely exhibition reexamines this history and presents new research that tells the stories of the individuals whose lives were upended due to racial bigotry.

For more information, please visit ICP’s website.