In this photo, Charles E. Mace and Hikaru Iwasaki are crating hundreds of WRAPS photographs. These were blown-up shots of Japanese American resettlers that were being sent to various WRA camps where they were posted in public areas. To both Mace and Iwasaki the intent was to paint a positive picture of resettlement so that Japanese Americans still in confinement would be more willing to risk leaving camp to re-enter society even while the war was still on. In this sense, these two WRA photographers were in agreement with the WRA's supportive stance toward wartime resettlement.
Chas. Mace and Hikaru Iwasaki of the WRA Photographic Unit, pack 1044 mounted enlargements for distribution to the centers where they will be displayed to promote relocation in the southern area. -- Denver, Colorado. 2/12/45.
Courtesy of WRA no G-811, War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, BANC PIC 1967.014--PIC, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
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