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Title
Documentary, Going to Shower Room in Fresno Assembly Camp
Creator
Sugimoto, Henry
Date Created and/or Issued
1942
Publication Information
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Contributing Institution
Japanese American National Museum
Collection
Sugimoto (Henry) Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Signed in medium, bottom left corner: H. Sugimoto. Written on back, top center: Documentary, 32 x 23, Going to Shower Room in Fresno Assembly Camp, by Henry Sugimoto, July 1942
On left, a woman wearing a blue robe carries soap, towel and a bottle in a bowl in her right hand and holds the hand of a red-robed little girl in her left as they walk towards a shower room. Her hair tied back, the woman looks down over her right shoulder at the little girl who holds a little cup in her left hand. Both have robes tied with bows in front and wear color coordinated geta. Directly behind them on the right stand three giant sunflowers and in the distance barracks are visible. Stretched and unframed.
Sugimoto feared that his paintings of camp life would arouse suspicion. In a 1982 interview (published in "Beyond Words: Images from America's Concentration Camps") he recalled, "First time, I was scared. Maybe the FBI is [looking] at me painting, and I will be taken away.
Type
image
Format
Painting oil on canvas Assembly Centers, Fresno
Identifier
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf3j49n6b9
92.97.86
Subject
Assembly Centers, Fresno
California
Sunflowers
Women
Girls
Bathing
Bathrobes
Place
Assembly Centers, Fresno