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Born Free and Equal: Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California., Ansel Adams (1902-1984).
1 Ansel Adams (1902-1984). Born Free and Equal: Photographs of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California.
New York: U.S. Camera, 1944 First Edition Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
4to. 11 x 8 1/4 inches. 112 pp. Double page black and white photographic illustrated title page, black and white photographs throughout; text clean, unmarked. Green cloth boards titled in green, dust jacket with the $2.00 publisher's price intact, in archival mylar; binding square and tight, corners and spine ends bumped, dust jacket rubbed especially along the spine and with small tears and chips at the extremities. SCARCE. Good. Ansel Adams was a famous American photographer and environmentalist. In 1943 he photographed the Japanese interned in Manzanar in an attempt to counter the negative depictions of Japanese in the newspapers of the time. This book is a collection of those photographs, and includes his own writing on the subject. REFERENCE: Spaulding, Ansel Adams and the American Landscape, pp. 206-210. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Special Film Project 152 [38 production stills from the making of the films]., First Motion Picture Unit (later 18th Army Air Forces Base Unit).
2 First Motion Picture Unit (later 18th Army Air Forces Base Unit). Special Film Project 152 [38 production stills from the making of the films].
Culver City: N.P. 1980 Paperback Collectible: Like New Paperback 
SMALL ARCHIVE OF 38 REPRINT PHOTOGRAPHS (circa 1980?). 38 silver print photographs, each approximately 8 x 10 inches, loose. 15 photographs depict unit personnel in military uniform hand-crafting the tools and equipment used in the production of the 80-by-60 foot (24 x 18 meter) scale model (1 foot : 1 mile) map of Japanese target areas; while 23 of the images show the actual map from various perspectives. Fine. The First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU, later the 18th Army Air Forces Base Unit) was the primary film production unit of the US Army Air Forces during World War II and was the first military unit made up entirely of professionals from the film industry. It produced more than 400 propaganda and training films, which were notable for being informative as well as entertaining. The First Motion Picture Unit had its origins in a meeting in March 1942 when USAAF Commanding General "Hap" Arnold met with Warner Bros. head Jack L. Warner, producer Hal Wallis, and Scriptwriter Owen Crump. Warner Bros. was contracted to produce and release a recruitment film, which came to be known as Winning Your Wings, that led to the recruitment of 100,000 pilots to man the anticipated air wars in Europe and the Pacific. The resulting demand for training and recruitment films was beyond the capacity of Warner Bros. Studios, and the unit was based temporarily at Vitagraph Studios in Hollywood, and eventually settled at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City in October 1942. "Fort Roach" was the workplace of actors such as Clark Gable, William Holden, Alan Ladd, and directors including Richard Bare and John Sturges during the war; future President Captain Ronald Reagan served there as Personnel Officer. One of the most important assignments of the unit was to develop navigational and topographic materials to support the bombing campaign against Japan. This top secret series of films, code-named "Special Film Project 152," was perhaps the most important and challenging effort to come from the First Motion Picture Unit. Please contact me for further information. 
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