I Am An American, Oakland, 1942

I Am An American, Oakland, 1942

50.00

11 ✕ 14 Inch Print

Photographer Dorothea Lange was hired by the War Relocation Authority to create a photographic record of the "evacuation" and "relocation" of Japanese-Americans in 1942. Her photographs were impounded by the government for the duration of World War II, and quietly deposited into the National Archives. Read more about the history of these photographs on the Anchor Editions Blog.

50% of the proceeds from this limited edition of 100 prints will be donated to the ACLU.

Dorothea Lange's Original Caption:

Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Control Number 2004665381

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About the Print

  • Each size is limited to an edition of 100
  • Prints have a white margin and in most cases show the black edges of the negative, as they are printed to show the un-cropped frame captured by the photographer.
  • Each print is hand-numbered on the bottom-left, and bears an Anchor Editions stamp on verso
  • Printed to museum-grade specifications using archival pigment ink
  • Printed on Harman by Hahnemühle Gloss Baryta, a heavyweight, 100% alpha-cellulose paper, with a smooth, subtly-glossy surface