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Look to the Sky: America’s Concentration Camps

By January 29, 2022November 15th, 2023Programs

When: Sunday, February 13, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: John Tonai

Program: “Look to the Sky: America’s Concentration Camps” is a documentary photography project by John Tonai depicting the contemporary physical conditions of the 10 WWII War Relocation Authority camps. The initial project took place from 1990-1992. Since that time, Tonai has revisited most of the sites and recorded the changes that have taken place. John Tonai will talk of the photos in the exhibit.

The exhibit has been shown in various forms at different venues, including the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

The title “Look to the Sky” comes from Tonai being inspired by the contrast between the mostly dead and ruined areas on the ground and the beautiful sunsets and clouds in the sky. This became the inspiration for capturing the camps in a way that emphasize both the horrors and beauty of the camps.

John Tonai recently retired as an Associate Professor of Photography at University of Northern Colorado. He currently works at the Japanese American National Museum as a Production Coordinator and Collections Photographer.

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Image: John Tonai