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Marshal Gregor Zhukov, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery during first meeting of the Allied Control Commission, Berlin, June 5, 1945
Vintage wire photograph (radio photograph) on paper
5 9/16 x 8 in. (14.13 x 20.32 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: P2019.21.660

Three of the Big Four in Berlin Huddle: A photo flashed to New York from Berlin showing Marshal Gregor Zhukov of Russia, left, General Dwight D. Eisenhower of United States, center, and Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery, right, of Britain, in a huddle during the first meeting of the Allied Control Commission here, June 5, 1945.

Sheet: 6 1/2 x 8 11/16

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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