“Dad”

Another portrait of my father based on a photograph taken by Dorothea Lange as Japanese Americans on the West coast were gathered up and sent to prison during World War II.

The text is the California Alien Land Law of 1913 which targeted mostly Japanese farmers who were “aliens ineligible for citizenship” and prohibited them from owning agricultural land or possessing long-term leases over it.

Ink on panel 40″ x 34″, 2021

Detail:

One response

  1. Susan Dishell

    Brian this is extraordinary!
    such a compelling and powerful photograph…And with the text!
    I am so sorry for the circumstances that created this photo by Lange…
    So amazed that I was able to see it years later.
    🙏💕

    April 8, 2021 at 9:54 PM

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