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The War Relocation Authority documented various aspects of camp life in posed photos which can be accessed through the National Archive website. Because most of the internees were not allowed to have cameras at Topaz, there are few pictures of every day events. Eleanor Gerard Sekerak, a high school teacher, took candid photos of her students. Those photos are part of the Topaz Digital Library Browse Eleanor Gerard Sekerak Photo Collection.

Kenji Utsumi, a professional photographer prior to camp, was able to use his own cameras when he was hired to work at the Photo Studio associated with the Co-op. Kaneo Kido also had access to a camera as did Tony Saito, who took many rolls of film but didn't develop them until many years after camp.

Perhaps the most famous photographer at Topaz was Dave Tatsuno, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/13/national/13tatsuno.html who used his home movie camera to take color movies of his family and friends at Topaz. His footage was accepted into the Library of Congress archive.