[Los Angeles: ca. 1940]. Five images, each matted and mounted in a stamped folder, ranging from 5 x 7 to 8 x 10 inches. Two images in duplicate. Some light wear to folders, two images with ink inscriptions on mats. Very good. Item #1624
Five studio photographs of Asian Americans in California around the time of World War II. Four of the five are from the studio of Toyo Miyatake in Los Angeles, while a fifth portrait was taken by G. Higaki of Sacramento. Miyatake operated a studio in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles for many years before World War II, when he was interned at Manzanar and became the only authorized Japanese photographer of the camps. He continued his career after the war until his death in the early 1970s. The portraits here depict young men and women, as well as a funeral group. In the first image, two young men and one young woman sit posed together -- presumably siblings. A second portrait is of the young woman by herself from the same studio session (here in duplicate). One of the young men in the group photo seems to be pictured in the Sacramento photo, which is a wedding portrait. A young man identified as "Eddy" appears pictured in his army uniform (also present in duplicate copies); the wedding portrait is inscribed to Eddy. The final image is a larger photograph depicting a funeral; the mourners stand arrayed in front of a chapel, an American flag-draped coffin at the center of the group. It is captioned in Japanese. A nice representative group of this important photographer's work.