George Takei is really funny on Facebook, but he also has a more serious side. Today, we learned of a book he posted about called Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II.
These photos, taken by Bill Manbo, are different from what we usually see from this time period in that they’re in color– bright Kodachrome color that is amazingly vibrant, even after many years. The sentiment and significance of these color photos is best put by the New York Times:
We are accustomed to thinking of the internees’ lives unfolding in black and white, but the vibrant colors of these images remind us that these injustices took place in a world that looks very much like the one we see out own windows.
For more photos, please view the slideshow on the NYT website.