NY: U.S. Camera, 1944. Adams, Ansel. First edition. Small 4to., 112 pp., numerous photo-illustrations. Printed paper over boards in the torn and chipped, printed dust jacket. Small ink stain on the half-title page, else a very good copy of this uncommon issue in dust jacket of an already scarce book. This copy is SIGNED by Ansel Adams and dated "Carmel, 1-9-80." Additionally, it is SIGNED and presented "To Misumi, From Kan Domoto, 1946." Item #51749
Kaneji (known as Kan) Domoto was born on November 5, 1913 in Oakland California, the eighth of eleven children. At the family nursery in Hayward, he learned to propagate camellias and peonies for which his nurseryman father had become famous. Domoto attended Stanford University studying science and physics, and played on the soccer team. He also studied landscape architecture at the University of California in Berkeley. He apprenticed at Taliesin in 1939 and began his career as architect and landscape architect in California. He came east to assist in the creation of the Japanese exhibit for the New York World’s Fair following work for the San Francisco Treasure Island Fair; the stones in the Japanese garden at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island were later moved to UC Berkeley for the Japanese pond in the botanic garden,
With the advent of World War II, Domoto was interned with his wife, Sally Fujii, at Granada War Relocation Center [also known as Camp Amache] Colorado. At the end of the war, they moved to New Rochelle, NY with their children, Mikiko and Anyo. Later, two more children, Katherine and Kristine, were born in New Rochelle, NY, where he made his home for many years. Domoto died January 27, 2002.