His father describes the importance of photographing camp life

His father describes the importance of photographing camp life His father didn't spend too much time with the family

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After he got into camp, he called me and told me I have something to tell you. I didn't know what he was going to tell me. I was just so curious because he rarely set me aside like this and says something so serious and he wants to talk to me, because he was so busy with his work. He never did talk to the children that much. But because of that I was really anxious to hear what he wanted to say, and this is what he told me. He said, You know, as a photographer, I have a responsibility. I didn't know what he was talking about, responsibility. He says, As a photographer I have a responsibility to record the camp life, because the kind of thing that happened to us should never happen in the future again.

Date: March 22, 2001
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Robert Nakamura, Karen Ishizuka
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

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