In 1942, San Francisco-based photographer Clem Albers was hired to document Manzanar for the War Relocation Authority. He also made photographs of the WRA camps at Poston in Arizona, Tule Lake in northern California, and of the evacuation and assembly process. Before and after the war he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and became their chief photographer.
Clem Albers. A young girl of Japanese ancestry identifying her baggage at assembly center, Salinas, California.
Clem Albers. Japanese-Americans transferring from train to bus at Lone Pine, California, bound for war relocation authority center at Manzanar.
Clem Albers. Families on their way to processing centers.
Clem Albers. Santa Anita reception center, Arcadia, Calif., April 1942 – a general view of quarters for evacuees of Japanese ancestry who will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war
Clem Albers. Baggage awaiting transfer to relocation centers.
Clem Albers. Manzanar, California, April 1942. Yaeko Yamashita, in doorway, watching Fugiko Koba trying a new pair of geta, which are stilt-like sandals especially useful in dust. They are evacuees of Japanese descent living at the War relocation authority center.