Image: Bay Farms Internment Camp, British Columbia
(Gila River, Arizona, 1945 - 2006, Cleveland, Ohio)

Bay Farms Internment Camp, British Columbia , 1996

Panoramic collage of chromogenic prints
40 1/4 in. x 119 1/4 in. (102.24 cm x 302.9 cm)
Gift of Joan E. Baker in memory of Masumi Hayashi
When Hayashi learned that the Canadian government, following the U.S., incarcerated Japanese Canadians after Pearl Harbor, she made it a goal to photograph Canadian camps, as well as American ones.

To photograph a scene, Hayashi began at the horizon, shot, rotated her 35 mm camera slightly, shot again and continued until she covered 360°.  Then she repeated the process for the higher, then the lower parts of the scene.

To assemble an image, she trimmed prints to whatever sizes she needed; the result is often not a uniform grid.  She occasionally cut along the edges of objects, such as the mountains in this image.  Most of Hayashi’s collages use 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 inch prints, but she made some larger scale works using bigger prints.
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