Two Views – Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank

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A travelling exhibition from the Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby, British Columbia

After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, both the Canadian and American governments forced the relocation of citizens of Japanese ancestry from the coastal regionsof western North America. Nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and 22,000 Japanese Canadians were affected.

Two Views showcases evocative images illustrating the experiences of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians, as captured by celebrated American photographer Ansel Adams and Canadian photographer Leonard Frank.

The Museum’s presentation of Two Views coincides with the 25th anniversary of the 1988 official apologies by Canada and the United States to people of Japanese ancestry for their treatment during and after the Second World War.

Left Image: Leonard Frank; Tashme, British Columbia; ca. 1942; JCNM 1994.69.4.27, Eastwood Collection
Right Image: Ansel Adams;Entrance to Manzanar; Manzanar Relocation Center, 1943; Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LOC-DIG-ppprs-00286