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.
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.
- Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario, Oregon
March 9, 2020 – May 15, 2020
- History Colorado Center, Denver, Colorado
December 20, 2019 – February 17, 2020
- University of Denver Main Library, Denver, Colorado
October 4, 2019 – November 25, 2019
- Salt Lake City Main Library, Salt Lake City, UT
August 6, 2019 – September 20, 2019
- Go For Broke National Education Center, Los Angeles, CA
May 3, 2018 – June 10, 2018
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)