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TOM GRAVES (Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea) is a San Francisco photographer and writer with over 30 years’ professional experience. From Princeton, N.J., and originally in business there and in New York City, he studied portraiture with Philippe Halsman and taught for seven years at Parsons School of Design/The New School (now New School University) in New York. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Becky Saeger.

Photography has taken him to five continents and to all 50 states for clients including AT&T, Cisco, IBM, Merrill Lynch, The New York Times, People, and Time magazine.

Tom’s interest is in documenting the ordinary people who make history.

His New Jersey high school did not teach about the wartime Relocation of Japanese Americans, but Tom learned about it in an Ansel Adams photography book. Since beginning his “Heroes” series on July 4th, 2001, Tom has interviewed over 250 veterans of WWII and Korea.

The veterans’ portraits have been exhibited at venues including American Legion National Convention, Fort Knox, Manzanar National Historic Site, National Japanese American Historical Society, National Steinbeck Center, the Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco City Hall and Webster University.

Tom is a member of the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.
His websites are and

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