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United States Navy Photographer

Under Marine guard, 28 Japanese doctors and medical men who are prisoners of the Yanks on Guam leave a stockade to go to Okinawa to care for civilian internees, June 17, 1945
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (15.56 x 20.96 cm)

Creation Place: Oceania, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.488

Japanese Medical Men Will Treat Okinawan Natives: Under Marine Guard, 28 Japanese doctors and medical men who are prisoners of the Yanks on Guam leave a prison stockade there to go to Okinawa. On that island they will assist U.S. Navy doctors in caring for more than 150,000 civilian internees. All volunteered for the work of caring for their own people, Guam, June 17, 1945.

Sheet: 7 x 8 7/8

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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