"Thank you for creating such a beautiful yet important book. As a German I know that looking into the dark and ugly chapters of one's country is not easy but nevertheless of utmost importance. Especially when history is on the verge to repeat itself and victims of past actions are more and more neglected [sic]. Thank you for commemorating [sic] this almost forgotten piece of history."
“Brian Goodman's impressive and moving photographs in his book, Manzanar: Their Footsteps Remain –
40 Years of Photography, evoke
deeply embedded memories of my childhood visits to the Manzanar War Relocation Camp with my father, photographer Ansel Adams, during World War II . . . Brian's depiction of the remnants of the forced internment of Japanese-Americans in Manzanar is an important body of work.”
son of photographer Ansel Adams
Congratulations again. Great Work!"
The Manzanar Fishing Club
Cultural Resource Program Manager, Manzanar National Historic Site
"Manzanar is a significant exhibit for Northwind Arts Center. Through an artist's work we see an important and dark part of our regional and national history brought to our attention once again. We want visitors to take away a broader understanding of a time in our recent history, and contemplate the true ramifications of it, all while meditating on the artful imagery presented through an artist's journey"
Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
"The book is absolutely beautiful and moving. Thank you for bringing a period of American shame to the public. It was a horrendous time in American history."
PhD, Author and Professor Emerita,
Long Island University
"Your gift and art are a treasure. It
brings back all that has been my life, and more so for my gone parents and my older siblings...Why is it that countries, nations, and people fight? And continue to do so. This pandemic makes us take stock, and yet... Not only Manzanar gave you a purpose, but I see from going over the pages of photography, your sensitivity to landscape, the mountains in contrast to the barren plain, the textures in them and in the items photographed, dark and light contrasts, and line and mass contrasts. The reality of the Internment is there by the drainage, the garden remains, and the hospital and staff house remains."
Hiroko Ichikawa Dennis
Minidoka War Relocation Center, Minidoka, ID, and Crystal City Alien Enemy Detention Facility, Crystal City, TX, 1942-1945
"Photography is often about the arresting of time, and Goodman uses his camera to full advantage. Each black and white image begs the question, "Was this 75 years ago, or is this now?" In his work, it is both. By toying with our perceptions of time and the surreal atrocities of recent history, Goodman uses the contrast of light moving across a broken object, a shadow arcing across a flat plane, and allows time to slow to a stop and stare us in the face."
Jefferson Museum of Art and History
"In Their Footsteps Remain, Brian Goodman captures the power of place, even expanding it beyond what one might feel in a personal visit. As an archaeologist, I am often struck by the power of place: humans leave traces on the landscape that ofttimes unintentionally mark their sufferings or successes, their triumphs and tribulations, and perhaps most evocatively, the ordinariness of everyday lives. This hauntingly beautiful book combines artistry and documentary to capture not only the harsh conditions at Manzanar but also the extensive work done by incarcerees to make it more livable. Goodman’s different perspectives and angles examine everything at Manzanar, from the broad sweep of the Sierra Nevada to a child’s eye view of a garden. He evokes memory and loss by transforming everyday objects into both beauty and powerful statements. Their Footsteps Remain captures 40 years’ worth of photographs that trace the evolution of Manzanar from abandonment to National Historic Site. It invites reflection and retrospection about this shameful episode in U.S. history, but also inspires appreciation for Manzanar’s WWII prisoners and for the activists who worked to convert this site of injustice into a site of remembrance …. Never again…. "
"I think the Manzanar exhibit is probably the most important thing that has been shown at the Northwind Arts Center. People need to understand how fragile democracy is, and the need to guard against fascism, so a show like yours that gets the word out can be really helpful. Not to mention a free press and rule of law."
Kickstarter contributor, Germany
Artist, Port Townsend, WA