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Harvey Georges

President Johnson meets with Floyd McKissick, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Representative Emanuel Celler (D-NY) and the White House, April 29, 1966
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 1/16 x 9 9/16 in. (17.94 x 24.29 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: P2021.13.1280

Meet on Civil Rights: President Johnson gives his attention to Representative Emanuel Celler (D-NY), third from left, as he met with a group of Civil Rights leaders in the White House. Among others at the meeting were Floyd McKissick, left, National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The President sent a message to Congress calling for new laws to fight discrimination, Washington DC.

Associated Press ID #660428032

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 1/16 x 9 9/16 in. (17.94 x 24.29 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 9 13/16 in. (20.48 x 24.92 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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