Hardcover, 86 pages
8 x 10 inches
Black & White archival photos
Shore Leave is a collection of photographic snapshots and some ephemera from World War II that reveals how in the post-Pearl Harbor days and years, Hawaii, which became a United States territory in 1898, was marketed as an exotic tourist destination, a tropical paradise just hours off the coast of America. It was a playground inhabited by “nubile hula girls and powerful native surfers,” writes Jim Heimann in his essay, which accompanies the material from his own collection.
[Honolulu] became the most famous venue in the war for “liberty,” or shore leave, when military personnel, and especially sailors, had one last memorable fling. The visuals in Shore Leave are everyday yet full of historical resonance. Through these preserved ephemeral remains of culture, history is made.
—From printmag.com, by Steven Heller
Ryan Mungia is an editor, publisher, and photographer based in Los Angeles.