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Yoshio Okumoto photograph

A photo of Heart Mountain by Yoshio Okumoto shows a barracks building on the left and a guard tower on the right. Thousands of Japanese-Americans were detained here during World War II after being forced to abandon their homes and other property.

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — On Tuesday, May 1, the public is invited to an opening reception for “Incarceration in Focus: A Comparative Look at the Photographs of Ansel Adams and Yoshio Okumoto,” which is on display until July 15 at the Sheridan College Kooi Library. The free event begins at 6 p.m.

Dakota Russell, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center museum manager, will give a presentation about Heart Mountain during the reception. Coffee, water and refreshments will be available.

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In 1943, noted landscape photographer Ansel Adams took his camera into the Japanese American concentration camp of Manzanar, in California. Around the same time, Yoshio Okumoto, who had been confined in the Heart Mountain Camp, began his own foray into photography.

The exhibit explores the work of the two talented artists who shot the same subject matter from very different perspectives. It features 22 framed prints, paired by subject, to illustrate each photographer’s differing perspectives on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Information courtesy of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

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