Portraits of Courage: Photographs by Shane Sato is an exhibition featuring intimate color and black-and-white portraits of Japanese American veterans of WWII. The emotive images capture the essence and character of Nisei (second-generation Japanese American) soldiers, and reflect each veteran’s story of commitment, duty  and patriotism.

Portraits of Courage: Photographs by Shane Sato

Funded by the Aratani Foundation, Portraits of Courage debuted in May 2018 at GFBNEC’s exhibition space in Los Angeles. The twelve large portraits within the exhibition are designed to travel and tell the story of the brave Japanese Americans veterans of WWII.

These Americans of Japanese ancestry came from remote prison camps or the plantations of Hawai’i to fight for their county. Taken over eighteen years, Sato’s intimate portraits chronicle the heroes of the most highly decorated military unit in American history and offer a rare glimpse into each veteran’s personal story.


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Exhibition at a Glance<

  • 10 – 30” x 30” portraits
  • 2 – 39” x 30” portraits
  • 1 – 90” x 88” pop up intro banner
  • 5 – Text panels
  • 10 – Oral history videos (digital files are made available)
To book Portraits of Courage for your institution, please contact esoldier@goforbroke.org
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