2013 / Manzanar: Grandson of camp photographer to be invited for Day of Remembrance, Feb 17, 18

Alan Miyatake at Manzanar Feb.17-18, 2013

Manzanar National Historic Site will hold the special program in honor of the Day of Remembrance, an annual observation of the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which enabled the forced removal of more than 110,000 United States citizens or residents of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast in 1942.

On May 9, 1942, Toyo Miyatake, his wife Hiro, and their four children arrived at Manzanar. With a lens and ­film holder hidden in his luggage, Toyo was determined to record camp life. Eventually, he was permitted to open a photo studio and captured thousands of images of the people and place.

This Spring, Manzanar National Historic Site will be exhibiting 40 images by Toyo Miyatake, in partnership with Eastern California Museum.

To coincide with this photo exhibition, Alan Miyatake of Los Angeles, one of Toyo’s grandsons will attend the screening of Robert Nakamura’s award-winning film Infinite Shades of Gray at Manzanar, and will share the stories about Toyo Miyatake’s life and work.

The screening will take place on Sunday, February 17, at 2 pm, and on Monday, February 18, at 11 am.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (760) 878-2194 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/manz.

The DVD ­Infinite Shades of Gray is available online at www.manzanarstore.com.