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Masumi Hayashi

Manzanar Relocation Camp, Monument, Inyo, California

(Gila River, Arizona, 1945 - 2006, Cleveland, Ohio)

1995

Panoramic photo collage of chromogenic prints

48 x 92 in. (121.9 x 233.7 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Museum Acquisition Fund

2011.44

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Masumi Hayashi’s large-scale photo collages subvert the tradition of the panoramic photograph. Works in this format were historically used to document tourist attractions and dramatic landscapes. Here, Hayashi combines nearly 100 small photos to create a single, unified image of the Manzanar War Relocation Center, which became a national historic site in 1992. The United States interned more than 110,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese descent in concentration camps during World War II. Hayashi was born at another camp, the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona.

Keywords
Cemetery
Clouds
Landscapes
Collage
Color
Documentary