Photographer Archie Miyatake, 92, dies

By December 21, 2016December 27th, 2016No Comments

Photographer Archie Miyatake, eldest child of famed Issei photographer Toyo Miyatake, died Dec. 20. He was 92.

Archie Miyatake was born Nov. 6, 1924. During WWII, when he was 17, he and his family were removed from their home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights and incarcerated at the Manzanar War Relocation Center after President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which affected the thousands of Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals with permanent resident status living along the U.S. West Coast. Miyatake later graduated from Manzanar High School.

Miyatake continued his father’s photography business and was an active supporter of Los Angeles-area Japanese American community events such Nisei Week, on whose board he had served. Nisei Week in turn honored Miyatake on two occasions as its parade grand marshal.