Discriminating Views: Documentary Photography and Japanese American Internment
by James C. Curtis
Curtis, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Delaware, provides a meticulous examination of War Relocation Authority photographs of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. He decodes these images with precise insight, showing how the work of WRA photographers served the government's needs for effective visual propaganda to justify the evacuation and prove that the internees were being humanely treated in their confinement.
In this text, Curtis demonstrates that this pictorial campaign, although often mounted with the best of intentions, nevertheless reflected pervasive historic beliefs in the inferiority of Japanese Americans.