"The narratives and scholarly essays combine with the photos to forge a powerful statement. As humans we see the world in color, so the Kodachrome images convey the circumstances, as we would experience them if we were there. This level of reality is something that existing black and white camp photos cannot duplicate."
-American Studies Journal
"The strength of this title is the photography: Manbo documents a people who rose above persecution and injustice to carry on traditions and form a community in a barren landscape. Anyone interested in documentary photography and American social and cultural history will appreciate this book. Highly recommended."
"Sheds new light on life in Wyoming's Heart Mountain internment camp. . . . Disarming. . . . [Manbo's] images show movement and smiles caught in a moment. The people do not perform because of his camera but in spite of it."
"This volume is at once a wonderful and rare addition . . . to the existing images of the Nikkei
experience while incarcerated during World War II."
-Nichi Bei Weekly
"[A] provocative and noteworthy collection. . . . [with] unquestionable cultural and historical significance."
"The photographs give a haunting account of what life was like for Japanese descents."--
-Daily Mail Online
"Poignant images of pickup baseball, judo matches, parades, and other daily life in a Wyoming internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II."
-Military History Quarterly
"Muller recognized this power of color photography to revive the past and has created a book that presents the internee experience through a modern lens. Just as Manbo's slides were miraculously preserved (in a box in his son's garage), Muller's compilation will help preserve our collective memory of the internment experience."
-Hyphen: Asian America Unabridged
"This is a testament to the incredible power of photography. Even one frame can change the tide of public opinion because photography has the power to add layers to our understanding of how events transpired and how people were affected."
"Showcas[es] 65 color images from [Bill Manbo's] rare collection. . . . Each of the essays helps the reader look at the photographs from a different perspective."
"These are not pictures of horrors of confinement but rather photos that show how the Japanese made lives for themselves."
"Injustice, in Kodachrome."
-The New York Times
"Eric Muller's Colors of Confinement
skillfully presents a multifaceted montage, integrating the insights of an historian, an expert on photography, and a former prisoner of Heart Mountain. The contributors demonstrate that Kodachrome images of Japanese American incarceration can offer a deeper understanding of the WRA camps, even as they raise troubling questions about memory, representation, and meaning."--Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, University of California, Los Angeles
"The color photographs of Bill Manbo are at once beautiful, poignant, and stinging with irony. Young girls in vibrantly colorful kimonos dancing in front of black tarpaper barracks, a teenager in full Boy Scout uniform lifting the stars and stripes up high in a U.S. concentration camp--these are pictures of resilience and fortitude from a dark chapter of American history."--George Takei
"I was imprisoned at Heart Mountain when I was twelve, so my memories of camp life are still vivid. Colors of Confinement
brings back these memories in living color and gives them new life. It was almost scary to be able to relive the experience while reading this book."--Norman Mineta