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Title Picture Man : the legacy of southeast Alaska photographer Shoki Kayamori / by Margaret Thomas.
Imprint Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 2015.


 Internet  Electronic Book    AVAILABLE
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 134 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-128) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Kayamori, Shoki, 1877-1941.
Kayamori, Shoki, 1877-1941.
Japanese American photographers -- Alaska -- Biography.
Photographers -- Alaska -- Biography.
Japanese Americans -- Alaska -- Biography.
Immigrants -- Alaska -- Biography.
Japanese Americans -- Alaska -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Alaska -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Tlingit Indians -- Alaska -- Yakutat -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
Yakutat (Alaska) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
Documentary photography -- Alaska -- History -- 20th century.
Alaska -- Yakutat.
Genre Biographies.
Pictorial works.
Contents Meiji Japan -- West Coast -- The Aokis -- Cannery Life -- Yakutat -- Spies -- The Collection.
Summary "In 1912, Shoki Kayamori and his box camera arrived in a small Tlingit village in southeast Alaska. At a time when Asian immigrants were forbidden to own property and faced intense racial pressure, the Japanese-born Kayamori put down roots and became part of the Yakutat community. For three decades he photographed daily life in the village, turning his lens on locals and migrants alike, and gaining the nickname 'Picture Man.' But as World War II drew near, his passion for photography turned dangerous as government officials called out Kayamori as a potential spy. Despondent, Kayamori committed suicide, leaving behind an enigmatic photographic legacy. In Picture Man, Margaret Thomas views Kayamori's life through multiple lenses. Using Kayamori's original photos, she explores the economic and political realities that sent Kayamori and thousands like him out of Japan toward opportunity and adventure in the United States, especially the Pacific Northwest. She reveals the tensions around Asian immigrants in the West Coast and the racism that sent many young men north to work in the canneries of Alaska. And she illuminates the intersecting--and at times conflicting--lives of villagers and migrants in a time of enormous change. Part history, part biography, part photographic showcase, Picture Man offers a fascinating new view of Alaska history"-- Provided by publisher.
Other Title Print version: Thomas, Margaret, 1959- Picture Man 9781602232457