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Then They Came For Me

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2401 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

Then They Came for Me draws largely upon 100 powerful images culled from the recently published book Un-American (CityFiles Press) by Chicago-based photography historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. Forming the core of the exhibition’s incarceration narrative will be these works by renowned American photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and others documenting the eviction of Japanese Americans and permanent Japanese residents from their homes and their subsequent lives in incarceration camps. Adams, Lange and others were hired by the U.S. Government’s War Relocation Authority to document the “evacuation” and “internment” of Japanese Americans along the West Coast. Lange left the program after three months, and some of her photographs, which revealed her growing unease with the circumstances she encountered, were impounded by the military for the duration of the war.

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