Their ordeal was covered by The Sacramento Bee in a touching story about the funeral that was accompanied by an emotional image by staff photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. The daily story might have faded from public memory if another staff photographer, Renée Byer — who is married to Mr. Kitagaki — had not been moved by that image to dig deeper. The results of her exploration are on exhibit this week at the Visa Pour l’Image photo festival in Perpignan, France.
Japanese-Americans Imprisoned, but Unbowed, During World War II
A photojournalist’s discovery that his father was among thousands of Japanese-Americans confined to internment camps during World War II led him to seek out survivors who had been photographed by Dorothea Lange.
Paul Kitagaki Jr. had just started out as a photographer in the late 1970s when an uncle mentioned to him that Dorothea Lange had once photographed his father and extended family waiting to board a bus in Oakland, Calif. Their destination? A temporary detention facility, one of 15 assembly centers along the West Coast, before they were sent to one of 10 permanent internment camps where 120,000 Japanese-Americans were confined after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Six talented photojournalists have learned that they will be receiving $3,000 each to work on photography projects as winners of the 2012 NPPA Short Grants Competition. The winners are Jared Soares, Amanda Lucier, Paul Kitagaki Jr., Torsten Kjellstrand, Christopher Capozziello, and Jenn Ackerman.
Of this whole cool scene, my favorite moment was when we were all taking cellphone pictures at the same time of the divers entering the water. I was thinking - "I'm taking cellphone pictures with Kluetmeier and Burnett, how cool is that!"