Jasmine Alinder and John Tain, University of Chicago Press, 2018
The late photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto was among thousands of Japanese-Americans the U.S. government held in prison camps during World War II. After his release, Ishimoto relocated to Chicago and eventually saw the Windy City as his adopted home. Jasmine Alinder, a professor of history in the College of Letters & Science, focuses on Ishimoto’s photographs of Chicago, using new research to argue that his artistic vision sprouted in the unlikely circumstances of his wartime internment. She and co-author John Tain, head of research at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, curated an exhibition of Ishimoto’s work at the DePaul Art Museum.