Edward M. Richstone

Edward M. Richstone is a retired school psychologist. He has written articles on a variety of topics for civic organizations and city newspapers.

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Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940: A Preview of an Exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum - Part 2

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Camera Clubs

Besides spiritual philosophies and artistic approaches, there is human drama behind this exhibition. Dedicated Japanese American photographers operated in a difficult political and economic climate.

Roughly between 1920 and 1940, Nikkei photographers, who were primarily first-generation immigrants, or Issei, figured prominently in camera clubs and exhibitions on the West Coast of the United States, centered around Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. There they found camaraderie, companions for photographic outings, and photographic advice.

In their day, the photographs by Japanese Americans were widely accepted in pictorialist salons and publications that were run by Caucasians. However ...

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Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940: A Preview of an Exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum - Part 1

The Upcoming Exhibition

How East met West in photography is revealed in an upcoming exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940 will be on view from February 28 to June 26, 2016. The exhibition contains 103 prints that include still life, landscape, portraiture, along with more experimental abstractions. The images were obtained from the families of the photographers, private collections, and public institutions. Many of the photographs are appearing in public for the first time. On display will be a variety of publications that have included some of the exhibited photos over ...

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