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An Army APC passes a Sioux gift shop on the main street at Pine Ridge Indian City en route to the Wounded Knee area, March 12, 1973
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (18.1 x 25.72 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.992

Armored Vehicles Roll Toward Wounded Knee: An Army APC passes a Sioux gift shop on the main street at Pine Ridge Indian City en route to the Wounded Knee area. Government officials said the APCs and roadblocks were put back today, after reports of a number of guns and ammunition being smuggled into the village held by AIM leaders, South Dakota.

The Wounded Knee Incident began on February 27, 1973, when 200 Oglala Lakota in the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. The seizure was a protest against the corrupt and autocratic leadership of the reservation. The 71-day occupation captivated the nation and galvanized Indian youth.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp.

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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  • Image Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (18.1 x 25.72 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 10 5/8 in. (20.32 x 26.99 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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