Toyo Miyatake's Camera
Project Area: Little Tokyo
Project: First Street North Improvement Project
Project Location: 369 E. First Street
Project Type: CRA Initiated
"Toyo Miyatake's Camera" features a box camera on a tripod that is three times its original size. Visible from both sides of the street, the sculpture projects images after dark on a screen behind the window of the Japanese American National Museum. The camera itself is a replica of a makeshift camera used by noted photographer Toyo Miyatake while he was at Manzanar Internment Camp during Word War II. The images are photos taken by Miyatake of life in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles and in the Manzanar Internment Camp during the 1940s.