Impounded: Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of the Japanese Internment in World War II

For Immediate Release – Linda Gordon, professor of history at New York University, is the author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, which won the Los Angeles Times Best Award for Biography, the Bancroft prize for best book in US history, and the National Arts Club prize for arts writing.

Dorothea Lange, most famous for her depression-era photography, was hired by the US Army to photograph the internment of all Japanese Americans during World War II.  This imprisonment of 120,000 people, 2/3 of them US citizens, without any evidence against them, was overwhelmingly supported by most white Americans, from Left to Right.  Lange’s images turned out to be so unmistakably critical, however, that the Army censored them.

This lecture will show some of the 800 censored images and will discuss how Lange came to be so atypical in her disapproval of the internment.

Free and open to the public.


By: Shilo Rea

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *