Ansel Adams decided to use his skills to draw attention to their plight. He went to live in the camp which was, as he described it in his autobiography:
They are now in the public domain and the full collection can be seen here
I have just discovered that Ansel Adams's book about Manzanar - Born Free and Equal - can be read, in a full digitised version, by following the link on this page.
Ask yourself these 10 questions
- Do you roll your eyes in exasperation when you see a blizzard of tiny photo-flashes twinkling amongst the crowd at some humongous great sports stadium?
- Do you know what ‘bokeh’ is?
- Do you genuinely wince in pain when an elderly relative asks you if you’ve taken any good ‘snaps’ lately?
- Do you always carry a spare battery? Charged?
- Do your friends hand you their cameras when they want a good photo taken?
- Do you own a tripod? Not one of those diddy little things that slip in your pocket. A real tripod. That weighs a ton.
- And do you carry it about with you? And hang your backpack from it? And know why you’re hanging your backpack from it?
- Has your spouse/partner given up groaning in exasperation when you climb out of bed at 4am on a frosty morning?
- Did you start asking what shutter speed and aperture was used for a photograph ... and now given up asking?
- Do people look at you as if you’re crazy when you point your camera at a chunk of rock or similar, apparently featureless object?
You’re a real photographer.
Madeleine McCann, aged 4, disappeared without trace 2½ years ago whilst on holiday with her parents in Portugal.
Here's a message about her from the UK police.
She will be 6 now and their video gives information on what she may look like:
There is further information here.
Please spread the word as widely as you can ... e-mail friends, post this video on your blog, Tweet it, Digg it, Facebook ... use the 'viral' nature of the Internet to get this information to as many people as possible.
Someone, somewhere, may be able to help her.