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German soldiers march in a long line toward a prisoner cage. In the distance, British armored vehicles speed in pursuit of remnants of the German Seventh Army., August 1944
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 1/4 x 9 1/16 in. (15.88 x 23.02 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.180

In the foreground of this scene, weary German soldiers march in a long, compact line toward a prisoner cage. These were some of the lucky Germans who tried to push through the Falaise-Argentan gap and avoided great slaughter by surrendering. Swarming over a rise in the distance, a line of British armored vehicles speeds in pursuit of the disorganized remnants of the shattered German Seventh Army, August 1944.

Sheet: 6 1/4 x 9 3/16

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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