Sacramento: Oyama Studio, [ca. 1930s]. Panoramic photograph, 8 x 28 1/4 inches. Minimal wear, a couple of areas of slight fading. Near fine. Item #WRCAM54648
An extraordinary image capturing the somber mood of a Japanese-American funeral in Sacramento, Ca. in the 1930s. Dozens of attendees are ranged around and behind a decorated coffin, with some standing on the stairs and front porch of the funeral home or church. The attendees include men, women, and children, all finely dressed. The photograph was taken and printed by the Oyama Studio in Sacramento, with their small blindstamp to the lower right of the image. Presumably the same Oyama Studio later took photographs at the Camp Amache Japanese American concentration camp in southeast Colorado in the mid-1940s. A rare and distinguished depiction of Japanese Americans in mourning in 1930s California, produced by a Japanese American photographer.